The U.S. fights Coronavirus worldwide (April 1) [rolling updates]

The U.S. fights Coronavirus worldwide (March 30) [rolling updates] April 1 Two U.S. Navy hospital ships, familiar to many people they’ve helped in other countries,  are taking on civilian patients while docked in Los Angeles and New York . It’s part of the government’s “whole-of-America approach” to fighting the coronavirus outbreak. Dr. Stephen M. Hahn ✔@SteveFDA FDA is using every tool at its disposal to combat the #COVID19 pandemic. ... Read More»

Georgian Professionals successfully using the training and equipment provided by the U.S. Defense Threat Reduction Agency (DTRA) (March 31)

Georgian Professionals successfully using the training and equipment provided by the U.S. Defense Threat Reduction Agency (DTRA) (March 31) Along with highly skilled medical professionals, Georgia also has chemical, biological, radiological and nuclear (CBRN) defense teams that have been trained and fully equipped through the U.S.  Defense Threat Reduction Agency (DTRA) assistance programs. These same teams are currently using that ... Read More»

USAID Support for Central Election Commission under Elections and Political Processes Program (March 31)

USAID Support for Central Election Commission under Elections and Political Processes Program (March 31)   Cybersecurity is crucial to protecting democracy. Today, Georgia’s Central Election Commission (CEC) signed an agreement with UGT, a private-sector IT company, to provide critical software and hardware to protect the country’s democratic elections from external malign influence. Electoral cybersecurity is ... Read More»

Iran’s regime refuses virus aid, slighting its people (March 31)

Iran’s regime refuses virus aid, slighting its people (March 31)   Iran’s leaders have repeatedly refused outside offers to help everyday Iranians who are suffering from COVID-19, worsening the regime’s failed response to the outbreak. Medecins Sans Frontieres (MSF), the aid group also called Doctors Without Borders, said March 24 that Iran’s regime rejected previously ... Read More»

The U.S. Role in International Organizations’ Response to COVID-19 (March 31)

The U.S. Role in International Organizations’ Response to COVID-19 (March 31)   “Whenever you see high quality, effective COVID-19 aid being delivered around the world by UN humanitarian and relief agencies, what you are seeing is the generosity of the American people and those who share our humanitarian values.  We are by far the largest ... Read More»

U.S. Support for ASEAN in Fighting COVID-19 (March 31)

U.S. Support for ASEAN in Fighting COVID-19 (March 31)   As the leader in the global health and humanitarian response to COVID-19, the United States has acted swiftly to support our ASEAN partners in combating the COVID-19 virus. Since the outbreak began, the U.S. government has provided approximately $18.3 million in emergency health and humanitarian assistance ... Read More»

Health Alert – U.S. Embassy Tbilisi, Georgia

Location:  Georgia Event:  On March 30, the government of Georgia announced additional restrictive measures on movement and gatherings throughout the country in a continuing attempt to contain and curtail the outbreak of COVID-19.  The language of the announcement is available on its website (Georgian only). The restrictions include the following: Effective March 31 at 8:00 a.m., ... Read More»

Message for U.S. Citizens: UPDATE #2 on Flight Availability

If you are currently in Georgia and are trying to get to the United States, please contact the embassy The U.S. Embassy has confirmed availability of seats on commercial flights leaving Georgia on the dates below. Please contact the airlines or a travel agent directly to book these flights. These are not U.S. government-operated or funded flights. Availability and ... Read More»

Restrictions on Iran’s Nuclear Program Continued (March 30)

Restrictions on Iran’s Nuclear Program Continued (March 30) The United States is renewing four restrictions on the Iranian regime’s nuclear program for an additional 60 days.  Iran’s continued expansion of nuclear activities is unacceptable. The regime’s nuclear extortion is among the greatest threats to international peace and security.  As President Trump said earlier this year, Iran ... Read More»

Remarks by President Trump and Members of the Coronavirus Task Force in a Press Briefing (March 30)

Remarks by President Trump and Members of the Coronavirus Task Force in a Press Briefing (March 30)   THE PRESIDENT:  Okay, thank you very much.  Thank you.  Very comfortable here.  A lot of room.  And we appreciate you being here. Yesterday I announced that we would be extending our social distance guidelines through the end ... Read More»

Remarks by President Trump, Vice President Pence, and Members of the Coronavirus Task Force in Press Briefing (March 29)

Remarks by President Trump, Vice President Pence, and Members of the Coronavirus Task Force in Press Briefing (March 29)   THE PRESIDENT:  Thank you very much.  Appreciate everybody being here.  Beautiful day in the Rose Garden.  Tremendous distance between chairs.  Social distancing.  You practice it very well.  We appreciate it.  That’s great. I want to ... Read More»

Remarks by President Trump in a Meeting with Supply Chain Distributors on COVID-19 (March 29)

Remarks by President Trump in a Meeting with Supply Chain Distributors on COVID-19 (March 29)   THE PRESIDENT:  Well, thank you very much.  First of all, I’d like to congratulate the Army Corps of Engineers and FEMA and everybody else in the federal government, working with state government, but on the incredible job that the ... Read More»

U.S. private sector ramps up to respond to COVID-19 (March 28)

U.S. private sector ramps up to respond to COVID-19 (March 28)   The U.S. private sector is facing the challenge posed by the COVID-19 virus head-on. As medical staff care for patients across the country, the need for protective N95 disposable respirators is skyrocketing. In response, the manufacturing giant Honeywell is ramping up its production ... Read More»

CDC trains public health and clinical staff as part of the COVID-19 response (March 27)

CDC trains public health and clinical staff as part of the COVID-19 response (March 27)   The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has successfully engaged with its Georgian counterparts for years. We are proud to support the Georgian National Center for Disease Control and the Ministry of Health, and the latest training ... Read More»

Briefing On COVID-19: Updates on Health Impact and Assistance for American Citizens Abroad (March 27)

Briefing With Dr. William Walters, Deputy Chief Medical Officer for Operations, Bureau of Medical Services, and Principal Deputy Assistant Secretary Ian Brownlee, Bureau of Consular Affairs On COVID-19: Updates on Health Impact and Assistance for American Citizens Abroad (March 27)   MS ORTAGUS: Thanks, everybody, and sorry for our tardiness. We keep having a little bit ... Read More»

Briefing With Special Envoy Lea Gabrielle, Global Engagement Center On Disinformation and Propaganda Related to COVID-19 (March 27)

Briefing With Special Envoy Lea Gabrielle, Global Engagement Center On Disinformation and Propaganda Related to COVID-19 (March 27)   MS ORTAGUS: Great. Okay, this record – excuse me, this phone call, this briefing is going to be on the record and embargoed until the end of the call, please. The outbreak of the COVID-19 pandemic throughout ... Read More»

Briefing With Special Envoy Lea Gabrielle, Global Engagement Center On Disinformation and Propaganda Related to COVID-19 (March 27)

Briefing With Special Envoy Lea Gabrielle, Global Engagement Center On Disinformation and Propaganda Related to COVID-19 (March 27)   MS ORTAGUS: Great. Okay, this record – excuse me, this phone call, this briefing is going to be on the record and embargoed until the end of the call, please. The outbreak of the COVID-19 pandemic throughout ... Read More»

The United States Is Leading the Humanitarian and Health Assistance Response to COVID-19 (March 27)

The United States Is Leading the Humanitarian and Health Assistance Response to COVID-19 (March 27)   Excerpt: Georgia: $1.1 million in health funding will help prepare laboratory systems, activate case-finding and event-based surveillance, support technical experts for response and preparedness, bolster risk communication, and more. The United States has provided nearly $139 million in health assistance ... Read More»

America’s ‘citizen soldiers’ aid Coronavirus fight (March 27)

America’s ‘citizen soldiers’ aid Coronavirus fight (March 27)   America’s National Guard is on the front lines of the “whole-of-America” fight against the deadly coronavirus disease (COVID-19). These Americans demonstrate the Guard’s dual role to be prepared to respond to domestic emergencies as well as U.S. military missions abroad. A unique element of the U.S. ... Read More»

U.S. supercomputers take aim at Coronavirus (March 27)

U.S. supercomputers take aim at Coronavirus (March 27)   The United States is making the world’s most advanced supercomputers available to scientists around the globe to help fight the 2019 novel coronavirus (COVID-19). The White House recently announced  the creation of the  COVID-19 High Performance Computing Consortium , a new collaboration between the U.S. government, technology companies and research universities. This initiative will “unleash the power of American supercomputing ... Read More»

Remarks by President Trump, Vice President Pence, and Members of the Coronavirus Task Force in Press Briefing (March 26)

Remarks by President Trump, Vice President Pence, and Members of the Coronavirus Task Force in Press Briefing (March 26) THE PRESIDENT:  Hello, everybody.  Hello.  Thank you very much.  Thank you.  Beautiful day.  Very good what you’re doing.  Look at all those empty seats.  Never seen it like that.  Oh, boy.  Well, how the world has ... Read More»

Message for U.S. Citizens: New Flight Availability to London

The Embassy has received updated information regarding upcoming commercial outbound flights from Tbilisi on Georgian Airways. Seats should now be available for purchase on the following: 31 March – Tbilisi to Amsterdam 4 April – Tbilisi to London (NEW) If you are seeking to depart Georgia, contact Georgian Airways directly (head office located at Rustaveli Ave. #12, Tbilisi) or ... Read More»

U.S. Government Announces $1.1 Million in Emergency Health Assistance to Georgia (March 26)

U.S. Government Announces $1.1 Million in Emergency Health Assistance to Georgia (March 26)   On March 26, U.S. Secretary of State Michael R. Pompeo announced a significant increase in the United States’ contribution to the global response to the ongoing COVID-19 outbreak. Under this initiative, USAID will contribute approximately $1.1 million in emergency health assistance ... Read More»

Visa Applicants who pose a risk of transmitting Novel Corona Virus

On March 11, 2020, President Trump determined that the potential for widespread transmission of the coronavirus by infected individuals seeking to enter the United States threatens the security of the homeland. The President issued Proclamations 9984, 9992, and 9993, which suspends entry to nearly all foreign nationals who have been in China, Iran, and certain ... Read More»

U.S. leadership on global health is unmatched (March 26)

U.S. leadership on global health is unmatched (March 26)   Viruses do not respect national boundaries. They are a global threat. And the United States’ investment in global health has grown significantly over time. As the largest donor to global health programs, the U.S. has led the strengthening of health systems for more than 100 ... Read More»

U.S. and French colleagues work together on COVID-19 cure (March 26)

U.S. and French colleagues work together on COVID-19 cure (March 26) By Noelani Kirschner Two scientists who met through the J. William Fulbright international exchange program are part of a worldwide hunt to find existing drugs that can be used to treat the COVID-19 virus. As a U.S.-France Fulbright-Tocqueville Distinguished Chair in spring 2015, Benjamin R. tenOever ... Read More»

Open communication key during public health crises (March 26)

Open communication key during public health crises (March 26) Within weeks of learning about the deadly coronavirus outbreak that originated in China, officials in South Korea stood up laboratories to support  testing of 20,000 citizens  per day. In Taiwan, authorities began  daily press conferences  to inform the public and dispel rumors. And in the United States, the National Institutes of Health quickly ... Read More»

U.S. Foreign Assistance in Response to the COVID-19 Pandemic (March 26)

U.S. Foreign Assistance in Response to the COVID-19 Pandemic (March 26) MICHAEL R. POMPEO, SECRETARY OF STATE The U.S. government has rapidly mobilized unprecedented resources to respond to the COVID-19 pandemic, both at home and abroad.  Today, I am pleased to announce that the United States has made available nearly $274 million in emergency health and humanitarian funding. Along with the ... Read More»

Briefing On COVID-19: Updates on Health Impact and Assistance for American Citizens Abroad (March 25)

Briefing On COVID-19: Updates on Health Impact and Assistance for American Citizens Abroad (March 25)   MS ORTAGUS: Hi, thanks. Good afternoon, everybody. Apologize that we’re starting a few minutes late. But welcome to today’s briefing on the department’s efforts to repatriate American citizens from around the globe in the face of the historic challenge posed ... Read More»

Briefing With USAID Dpt Administrator Glick,Director of U.S. Foreign Assistance Resources Richardson on U.S. Foreign Assistance in Response to COVID19

Briefing With USAID Deputy Administrator Bonnie Glick and Director of U.S. Foreign Assistance Resources James L. Richardson On U.S. Foreign Assistance in Response to COVID-19 (March 26)   MS ORTAGUS: Well, let’s go ahead and get started, everybody. This is Morgan, spokesperson. I just want to remind everybody that everything that we discuss on this call ... Read More»

Release of Arbitrarily Detained Civilians and U.S. Citizens in Syria to Avert COVID-19 Spread (March 25)

Release of Arbitrarily Detained Civilians and U.S. Citizens in Syria to Avert COVID-19 Spread (March 25)   In light of threats posed by COVID-19, the United States reiterates its calls for the Assad regime to take concrete steps to protect the fate of thousands of civilians, including U.S. citizens, being held arbitrarily in overcrowded and ... Read More»

Iran: COVID-19 DISINFORMATION FACT-SHEET (March 23)

Iran: COVID-19 DISINFORMATION FACT-SHEET (March 23)   “I also want to call attention to the Iranian regime’s misinformation campaign surrounding the origination of the Wuhan virus.  Instead of focusing on the needs of the Iranian people and accepting genuine offers of support, senior Iranians lied about the Wuhan virus outbreak for weeks.” The Iranian leadership ... Read More»

Remarks by President Trump, Vice President Pence, and Members of Coronavirus Task Force in Press Briefing (March 24)

Remarks by President Trump, Vice President Pence, and Members of Coronavirus Task Force in Press Briefing (March 24)   THE PRESIDENT:  Thank you very much.  Been a very busy day.  I want to thank the American people for the incredible sacrifices that they’re making on behalf of our nation.  And I want to encourage everyone ... Read More»

Briefing With Senior State Department Official On Updates on State Department’s Response to COVID-19 (March 24)

Briefing With Senior State Department Official On Updates on State Department’s Response to COVID-19 (March 24)   MODERATOR ONE:  Good afternoon, everybody, and thanks for joining today’s call.  As discussed yesterday, we’re going to try to keep a drumbeat of daily briefings heading your way, briefings that relate to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic.  Our briefer ... Read More»

Joint Statement on the so-called “Presidential Elections” held in Georgia’s Abkhazia Region (March 23)

Joint Statement on the so-called “Presidential Elections” held in Georgia’s Abkhazia Region (March 23)   Bulgaria, the Czech Republic, Canada, Estonia, Finland, Ireland, Latvia, Lithuania, Norway, Poland, Romania, Sweden, Ukraine, the United Kingdom and the United States of America do not recognize the legitimacy of the so-called “presidential elections” held in Georgia’s Abkhazia region on ... Read More»

Briefing With Senior State Department Officials On COVID-19: Updates on Health Impact and Assistance for American Citizens Abroad (March 23)

Briefing With Senior State Department Officials On COVID-19: Updates on Health Impact and Assistance for American Citizens Abroad (March 23)   MODERATOR ONE:  Okay, at the end of the opening remarks, if you want to ask a question, please send me a text message at [redacted] and I will add you to the queue.  With ... Read More»

Khamenei’s Lies About the Wuhan Virus Put Lives at Risk (March 23)

Khamenei’s Lies About the Wuhan Virus Put Lives at Risk (March 23) MICHAEL R. POMPEO, SECRETARY OF STATE Supreme Leader Khamenei’s fabrications regarding the Wuhan Virus are dangerous and they put Iranians and people around the world at greater risk. Facts matter. Here are a few the Iranian regime would like to keep from the world: Fact: In February, Iran’s chief ... Read More»

Joint Statement on Behalf of the Global Coalition to Defeat ISIS on the First Anniversary of ISIS’s Territorial Defeat (March 23)

Joint Statement on Behalf of the Global Coalition to Defeat ISIS on the First Anniversary of ISIS’s Territorial Defeat (March 23)   One year ago the Global Coalition to Defeat Daesh/ISIS, in conjunction with our local partners, liberated ISIS’s last remaining stronghold in Baghouz and crushed its territorial ambitions.  Today, nearly eight million people have been ... Read More»

On the Political Impasse in Afghanistan (March 23)

On the Political Impasse in Afghanistan (March 23) MICHAEL R. POMPEO, SECRETARY OF STATE The United States is proud of our partnership with the Islamic Republic of Afghanistan and the Afghan people, and admires what Afghanistan has achieved since 2001. We have forged a deep bond, especially with Afghan security forces, through shared sacrifice in responding to threats to international peace ... Read More»

World Water Day: Celebrating International Cooperation for Water Access (March 22)

World Water Day: Celebrating International Cooperation for Water Access (March 22) Thanks to international cooperation, millions of people across the world have received access to clean water and sanitation, but still more work needs to be done. On World Water Day March 22, celebrate and review progress toward  U.N. Sustainable Development Goal 6 , access to safe water for all by ... Read More»

Health Alert – U.S. Embassy Tbilisi, Georgia

Location:  Georgia Event:  Today, March 21, Georgia declared a state of emergency, allowing the government to take additional steps to minimize the risk of infection during the outbreak of COVID-19. WHAT THE STATE OF EMERGENCY MEANS: All retail outlets in the country will be closed except for pharmacy chains, grocery stores, gas stations, banking outlets, ... Read More»

Remarks by President Trump, Vice President Pence, and Members of the Coronavirus Task Force in Press Briefing (March 21)

Remarks by President Trump, Vice President Pence, and Members of the Coronavirus Task Force in Press Briefing (March 21)   James S. Brady Press Briefing Room 1:00 P.M. EDT THE PRESIDENT:   Thank you very much.  A lot of things going on, and we’re going to be going over to the Hill, and we’re having a ... Read More»

Global Level 4 Health Advisory – Do Not Travel

The Department of State advises U.S. citizens to avoid all international travel due to the global impact of COVID-19.  In countries where commercial departure options remain available, U.S. citizens who live in the United States should arrange for immediate return to the United States, unless they are prepared to remain abroad for an indefinite period.  ... Read More»

Remarks by President Trump, Vice President Pence, and Members of the Coronavirus Task Force in Press Briefing (March 20)

Remarks by President Trump, Vice President Pence, and Members of the Coronavirus Task Force in Press Briefing (March 20)   James S. Brady Press Briefing Room 11:50 A.M. EDT THE PRESIDENT:  Thank you very much.  I had a very good telephone conversation — extremely good — with Senator Schumer a little while ago.  We’re working ... Read More»

Remarks by President Trump, Vice President Pence, and Members of the Coronavirus Task Force in Press Briefing (March 19)

Remarks by President Trump, Vice President Pence, and Members of the Coronavirus Task Force in Press Briefing (March 19)   James S. Brady Press Briefing Room 11:31 A.M. EDT THE PRESIDENT:   Thank you very much.  I think this is going to be a very important conference and I’ll get to that toward the middle, but ... Read More»

Remarks by President Trump and Vice President Pence in a Video Teleconference with Governors on COVID-19 (March 19)

Remarks by President Trump and Vice President Pence in a Video Teleconference with Governors on COVID-19 (March 19)   Federal Emergency Management Agency Headquarters Washington, D.C. 2:40 P.M. EDT THE PRESIDENT:  Everybody ready?  Okay, Chad, do you want to start it?  Do you — do you want to start off? ACTING SECRETARY WOLF:  Well, Mr. ... Read More»

Amid COVID-19, Iranian regime continued flights to China (March 19)

Amid COVID-19, Iranian regime continued flights to China (March 19)   While Supreme Leader Ali Khamenei dismissed the deadly COVID-19 outbreak as a biological attack, his regime continued flights to China, putting his people and the broader Middle East at greater risk of the rapidly spreading disease, news reports say. “[T]he best biological defense would’ve ... Read More»

U.S. Scientists work tirelessly on coronavirus vaccines (March 19)

U.S. Scientists work tirelessly on coronavirus vaccines (March 19)   By Dave Reynolds  – U.S. innovators are rushing to combat the new coronavirus, with vaccines already in development and new treatment options being tested in the United States and Asia. The rapid response received a boost this month as President Trump signed into law  $8.3 billion in federal funds  to fight COVID-19. ... Read More»

Remarks by President Trump, Vice President Pence, and Members of the Coronavirus Task Force in Press Briefing (March 18)

Remarks by President Trump, Vice President Pence, and Members of the Coronavirus Task Force in Press Briefing (March 18)   James S. Brady Press Briefing Room 12:06 P.M. EDT THE PRESIDENT:  Thank you very much.  I would like to begin by announcing some important developments in our war against the Chinese virus. We’ll be invoking ... Read More»

Remarks by President Trump and Vice President Pence in a Briefing with Nurses on COVID-19 Response (March 18)

Remarks by President Trump and Vice President Pence in a Briefing with Nurses on COVID-19 Response (March 18)   Cabinet Room 3:53 P.M. EDT THE PRESIDENT:  Well, thank you very much.  And today I welcome the great nurses of our country to the White House and express our gratitude for those on the frontlines in ... Read More»

Further Sanctions on Entities Trading in or Transporting Iranian Petrochemicals (March 18)

Further Sanctions on Entities Trading in or Transporting Iranian Petrochemicals (March 18) PRESS STATEMENT MICHAEL R. POMPEO, SECRETARY OF STATE Yesterday, the U.S. Department of State-sanctioned nine entities and three individuals who have engaged in activity that could enable the Iranian regime’s violent behavior. The actions of these individuals and entities provide revenue to the regime that it may use to ... Read More»

Sanctions on Entities Trading in or Transporting Iranian Petrochemicals (March 18)

Sanctions on Entities Trading in or Transporting Iranian Petrochemicals (March 18)   On March 18, the U.S. Department of State imposed sanctions, pursuant to Executive Order (E.O.) 13846, on the following seven entities for knowingly engaging in a significant transaction for the purchase, acquisition, sale, transport, or marketing of petrochemical products from Iran. South African ... Read More»

Constraining Iranian Nuclear Scientists (March 18)

Constraining Iranian Nuclear Scientists (March 18) PRESS STATEMENT MICHAEL R. POMPEO, SECRETARY OF STATE On March 16, in response to the Iranian regime’s unacceptable nuclear escalations, the Department of Commerce is imposing restrictions on five Iranian nuclear scientists by adding them to the Department of Commerce’s Entity List. These five individuals were involved in Iran’s pre-2004 nuclear weapons program (the “Amad Plan”) ... Read More»

Remarks by President Trump in Meeting with Tourism Industry Executives on COVID-19 Response (March 17)

Remarks by President Trump in Meeting with Tourism Industry Executives on COVID-19 Response (March 17)   Cabinet Room 2:16 P.M. EDTTHE PRESIDENT:  Well, thank you very much.  We have the tourism industry executives, the biggest anywhere in the world.  These are the great ones, and they’re going to say a couple of little words pretty ... Read More»

The State Department Imposes Sanctions on Individual Responsible for the Violence in Northern Syria (March 17)

The State Department Imposes Sanctions on Individual Responsible for the Violence in Northern Syria (March 17) PRESS STATEMENT MICHAEL R. POMPEO, SECRETARY OF STATE Today, the United States is designating a senior Assad regime official who is responsible for the violence and the disastrous humanitarian crisis in northern Syria.  The Department of State is imposing sanctions under Executive Order 13894 on ... Read More»

Terrorist Designation of ISIS Leader Amir Muhammad Sa’id Abdal-Rahman al-Mawla (March 17)

Terrorist Designation of ISIS Leader Amir Muhammad Sa’id Abdal-Rahman al-Mawla (March 17)   The Department of State has announced its intent to designate Amir Muhammad Sa’id Abdal-Rahman al-Mawla, the new leader of the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS), as a Specially Designated Global Terrorist (SDGT) under Section 1(a)(ii)(B) of Executive Order 13224, as ... Read More»

Remarks by President Trump, Vice President Pence, and Members of the Coronavirus Task Force in Press Briefing (March 16)

Remarks by President Trump, Vice President Pence, and Members of the Coronavirus Task Force in Press Briefing (March 16)   James S. Brady Press Briefing Room 3:21 P.M. EDT THE PRESIDENT:  Thank you very much.  Thank you.  So, I’m glad to see that you’re practicing social distancing.  That looks very nice.  It’s very good. I ... Read More»

Remarks by President Trump, Vice President Pence, and Members of the Coronavirus Task Force in Press Briefing (March 15)

Remarks by President Trump, Vice President Pence, and Members of the Coronavirus Task Force in Press Briefing (March 15)   James S. Brady Press Briefing Room 5:15 P.M. EDT THE PRESIDENT:  Beautiful day outside.  And I think we have some great things to talk about.  I’ll start by discussing the Federal Reserve.  As you know, ... Read More»

Remarks by President Trump, Vice President Pence, and Members of the Coronavirus Task Force in Press Briefing (March 14)

Remarks by President Trump, Vice President Pence, and Members of the Coronavirus Task Force in Press Briefing (March 14)   James S. Brady Press Briefing Room 12:19 P.M. EDT THE PRESIDENT:   Thank you very much.  We just completed a very good meeting of the Coronavirus Task Force.  And we — we’re really — they’re really ... Read More»

Joint Statement of the U.S.-Georgia Strategic Partnership Commission Working Group on People-to-People and Cultural Exchange (March 13)

Joint Statement of the U.S.-Georgia Strategic Partnership Commission Working Group on People-to-People and Cultural Exchange The U.S.-Georgia Strategic Partnership Commission’s Working Group on People-to-People and Cultural Exchanges met January 24 in Washington, DC to coordinate approaches on a range of critical bilateral issues. The United States welcomed the Georgian government’s commitment to reforming and improving ... Read More»

Remarks by President Trump, Vice President Pence, and Members of the Coronavirus Task Force in Press Conference (March 13)

Remarks by President Trump, Vice President Pence, and Members of the Coronavirus Task Force in Press Conference (March 13) Rose Garden 3:30 P.M. EDT THE PRESIDENT:  Thank you very much, everyone.  Thank you.  Thank you. A beautiful day in the Rose Garden.  Appreciate everybody being here.  Today, I’d like to provide an update to the ... Read More»

Remarks by President Trump, Vice President Pence, and Members of the Coronavirus Task Force in Press Conference (March 13)

Remarks by President Trump, Vice President Pence, and Members of the Coronavirus Task Force in Press Conference (March 13) Rose Garden 3:30 P.M. EDT THE PRESIDENT:  Thank you very much, everyone.  Thank you.  Thank you. A beautiful day in the Rose Garden.  Appreciate everybody being here.  Today, I’d like to provide an update to the ... Read More»

This Week in Iran Policy (March 13)

This Week in Iran Policy (March 13)   “The United States calls on the Islamic Republic of Iran to immediately release on humanitarian grounds all wrongfully detained Americans being held in Iran. The United States will hold the Iranian regime directly responsible for any American deaths. Our response will be decisive.” – Secretary Pompeo, Press ... Read More»

Temporary Pause of International Exchange Programs Due to COVID-19 (March 12)

Temporary Pause of International Exchange Programs Due to COVID-19 MEDIA NOTE OFFICE OF THE SPOKESPERSON The Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs (ECA) will temporarily pause all ECA-funded programs that involve travel to and from countries with heightened U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) Alert Level 2 (Practice Enhanced Precautions) and Warning Level 3 ... Read More»

Ambassador Degnan’s Remarks to Media per Meeting with Minister of Finance (March 12) 

Ambassador Degnan’s Remarks to Media per Meeting with Minister of Finance   Question about the meeting Ambassador Kelly Degnan: I had an excellent meeting with the Finance Minister. We already have such extensive cooperation, especially in the areas of export controls and border security. But we also explored developing an investment screening mechanism so Georgia would ... Read More»

Proclamation—Suspension of Entry as Immigrants and Nonimmigrants of Certain Additional Persons Who Pose a Risk of Transmitting 2019 Novel Coronavirus

Proclamation—Suspension of Entry as Immigrants and Nonimmigrants of Certain Additional Persons Who Pose a Risk of Transmitting 2019 Novel Coronavirus HEALTHCARE Issued on: March 11, 2020 On January 31, 2020, I issued Proclamation 9984 (Suspension of Entry as Immigrants and Nonimmigrants of Persons Who Pose a Risk of Transmitting 2019 Novel Coronavirus and Other Appropriate Measures To Address ... Read More»

Human Rights Report for 2019

Human Rights Report for 2019 From the time we declared our independence as a free nation, the United States has committed itself to the ideals of democracy, individual freedom, equal protection under the rule of law, and the protection of human rights.  Our nation was founded on the premise that all human beings are created ... Read More»

Remarks by President Trump in Meeting with Bankers on COVID-19 (March 11)

Remarks by President Trump in Meeting with Bankers on COVID-19 (March 11)   Cabinet Room 3:39 P.M. EDT THE PRESIDENT:  Well, thank you very much.  And we are having a meeting — a very important meeting — with the, I would say, the greatest bankers in the world, the most important banks in the world, ... Read More»

Remarks by President Trump in Address to the Nation (March 11)

Remarks by President Trump in Address to the Nation (March 11)   Oval Office 9:02 P.M. EDT THE PRESIDENT:  My fellow Americans: Tonight, I want to speak with you about our nation’s unprecedented response to the coronavirus outbreak that started in China and is now spreading throughout the world. Today, the World Health Organization officially ... Read More»

Remarks by President Trump and Vice President Pence at a Coronavirus Briefing with Health Insurers (March 10)

Remarks by President Trump and Vice President Pence at a Coronavirus Briefing with Health Insurers (March 10)   Roosevelt Room 11:43 A.M. EDT THE PRESIDENT:  Well, thank you very much.  We’re meeting with the top executives of the health insurance companies, the biggest companies in our country — probably the biggest companies in our country, ... Read More»

The U.S. Forest Service representatives hold workshops for over 130 high school students in Georgia (March 10)

The U.S. Forest Service representatives hold workshops for over 130 high school students in Georgia As the U.S. Embassy’s Earth Day Campaign continues, we were delighted to host U.S. Forest Service representatives at American Corners throughout Georgia. The U.S. Forest Service held a series of workshops for over 130 high school students in Tbilisi, Gori, ... Read More»

Ambassador Degnan’s Remarks to Media per Meeting with Minister Chkhenkeli (March 9)

Ambassador Degnan’s Remarks to Media per Meeting with Minister Chkhenkeli (March 9)   Question about the meeting Ambassador Kelly Degnan: I had a great meeting with the minister today. We have such a rich array of collaboration with all the sectors in his ministry, such as math, education, science, culture, and sports. We discussed different ways ... Read More»

Joint Statement on the Signing of the U.S.-Taliban Agreement (March 9)

Joint Statement on the Signing of the U.S.-Taliban Agreement (March 9)   MEDIA NOTE OFFICE OF THE SPOKESPERSON MARCH 9, 2020 The text of the following statement was agreed by Special Envoys and Special Representatives of the European Union, France, Germany, Italy, Norway, the United Kingdom, the United Nations and the United States of America on the occasion of ... Read More»

Statement of the Political Dialogue Facilitators on Agreement (March 8)

Statement of the Political Dialogue Facilitators on Agreement (March 8)   We congratulate the participants of the political dialogue on today’s successful agreement, which represents a crucial step towards depolarization and normalization of the political environment in Georgia in the run-up to the parliamentary elections later this year. Today’s agreement foresees an election system for ... Read More»

U.S. Embassy and Batumi American Corner celebrate grand opening of Khulo Youth Platform (March 7)

U.S. Embassy and Batumi American Corner celebrate grand opening of Khulo Youth Platform  U.S. Embassy Public Affairs Officer Catherine Schweitzer joined the community of Khulo to celebrate the grand opening of the Khulo Youth Platform, a project initiated by five young people through the framework of Batumi American Corner’s Community Ambassadors Project. The Khulo team ... Read More»

Remarks by President Trump After Tour of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention | Atlanta, GA (March 7)

Remarks by President Trump After Tour of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention | Atlanta, GA (March 7)   Centers for Disease Control and Prevention Atlanta, Georgia March 6, 2020 4:43 P.M EST THE PRESIDENT:  I said, “I’d like to walk the press down the hall to see how professional this is.”  It’s incredible.  ... Read More»

Ambassador Degnan’s Remarks to Media per Meeting with Minister Tikaradze (March 5)

Ambassador Degnan’s Remarks to Media per Meeting with Minister Tikaradze (March 5)   Question about GoG’s measures against coronavirus Ambassador Kelly Degnan: I’ve been very impressed with Georgia’s proactive response to the outbreak. In fact, when I came through the airport on Saturday, on my way back from Washington, I came through several airports, but ... Read More»

Pompeo: The world needs courageous women (March 4)

Pompeo: The world needs courageous women (March 4) By Noelani Kirschner Peacemakers, activists, lawyers, journalists, politicians and defenders of human rights. These are the recipients of the 2020 International Women of Courage Award. “We are here to honor a quality that all of the women onstage possess, and that is courage,” said first lady Melania Trump at ... Read More»

IAEA Reports Nuclear Concerns in Iran (March 5)

IAEA Reports Nuclear Concerns in Iran (March 5) PRESS STATEMENT MICHAEL R. POMPEO, SECRETARY OF STATE On March 3 in Vienna, IAEA Director General Rafael Grossi issued two new reports that heighten already serious concerns that the Islamic Republic of Iran is hiding its nuclear material and nuclear activities. Iran is a signatory to the Non-Proliferation Treaty.  Iran’s safeguards agreements, under ... Read More»

ICC Decision on Afghanistan (March 5)

ICC Decision on Afghanistan (March 5) PRESS STATEMENT MICHAEL R. POMPEO, SECRETARY OF STATE Today, the International Criminal Court (ICC) Appeals Chamber authorized an investigation into the alleged activities of the Taliban and the U.S. and Afghan personnel related to Afghanistan.  This is a truly breathtaking action by an unaccountable political institution, masquerading as a legal body. It is all the ... Read More»

2020 International Women of Courage Award Recipients Announced (March 4)

2020 International Women of Courage Award Recipients Announced (March 4)   Secretary of State Michael R. Pompeo to Honor Awardees on March 4, 2020 with Special Remarks by First Lady of the United States Melania Trump On Wednesday, March 4, Secretary of State Michael R. Pompeo will host the Annual International Women of Courage (IWOC) ... Read More»

Ambassador Degnan speaks about Preventing Violence against Women in Politics and Elections (March 4)

Ambassador Degnan speaks about Preventing Violence against Women in Politics and Elections (March 4)   Today Ambassador Kelly C. Degnan delivered remarks during the Meeting on Preventing Violence against Women in Politics and Elections organized by the United Nations. The Ambassador spoke about the growing recognition of women’s important role in leadership and how their ... Read More»

The U.S. Embassy’s Donates Personal Care Bags to the Domestic Violence Intake Center (March 4)

The U.S. Embassy’s Donates Personal Care Bags to the Domestic Violence Intake Center (March 4)   Employees of the U.S. Embassy donated 19 “Personal Care” bags to the Tbilisi Domestic Violence Intake Center as care packages for women seeking safety and a new beginning after experiencing domestic violence.  The bags contained personal care items necessary ... Read More»

America Announces New Humanitarian Assistance for the Syria Crisis Response (March 3)

America Announces New Humanitarian Assistance for the Syria Crisis Response (March 3) PRESS STATEMENT MORGAN ORTAGUS, DEPARTMENT SPOKESPERSON Today in Turkey, the U.S. Representative to the United Nations, Ambassador Kelly Craft, announced $108 million in additional humanitarian assistance for the people of Syria in response to the ongoing crisis caused by the Assad regime, Russian, and Iranian forces.  This ... Read More»

Georgia hosts INL’s 9th Annual Women in Policing Conference (March 3)

Georgia hosts INL’s 9th Annual Women in Policing Conference (March 3) Today Ambassador Kelly Degnan opened the 9th Annual Women in Policing Conference organized by U.S. Embassy’s International Narcotics and Law Enforcement Bureau (INL). This conference is designed to empower, inspire, and educate female members of the criminal justice system. Studies show that female law ... Read More»

Ambassador Kelly Degnan’s Remarks to media at the 9th Women in Policing Conference (March 3)

Ambassador Kelly Degnan’s Remarks to media at the 9th Women in Policing Conference (March 3) Question about the event Ambassador Kelly Degnan: I am delighted to be part of the opening of the ninth annual Women in Policing workshop here in Tbilisi. It is designed to inspire and educate female police officers and help further ... Read More»

Pompeo: U.S. stands for religious freedom (March 2)

Pompeo: the U.S. stands for religious freedom (March 2)   U.S. Secretary of State Michael R. Pompeo underscored the U.S. commitment to defending religious freedom as regimes around the world restrict their own people’s right to worship as they choose. Pompeo told the Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC) February 28 in Oxon Hill, Maryland, that ... Read More»

Statement by United States Mission to the OSCE on Recent Attack in Chechen Republic, Russia, against Elena Milashina and Marina Dubrovina (March 2)

Statement by United States Mission to the OSCE on Recent Attack in the Chechen Republic, Russia, against Elena Milashina and Marina Dubrovina (March 2) By Ambassador James S. Gilmore III to the Permanent Council, Vienna Thank you, Mr. Chair. The United States condemns the malicious attack that occurred on February 6 in Grozny, Chechnya, directed ... Read More»

Defense Secretary Mark Esper: This is our chance to bring troops home from Afghanistan for good (March 1)

Defense Secretary Mark Esper: This is our chance to bring troops home from Afghanistan for good (March 1)   By Mark Esper March 1, 2020 at 1:16 a.m. GMT+4 Mark Esper is a U.S. defense secretary. On Sept. 11, 2001, as many of us remember too well, al-Qaeda perpetrated its murderous attacks against the United States ... Read More»

Secretary Michael R. Pompeo At a Press Availability After the Afghanistan Signing Ceremony (February 29)

Secretary Michael R. Pompeo At a Press Availability After the Afghanistan Signing Ceremony (February 29) MICHAEL R. POMPEO, SECRETARY OF STATE SECRETARY POMPEO: Good afternoon, everyone. Today is a historic day for the United States of America and the American people. Today, we have taken a decisive step toward peace, real peace in Afghanistan. Just as any worthy journey begins, it ... Read More»

Briefing With Senior Administration Officials On Next Steps Toward an Agreement on Bringing Peace to Afghanistan (February 29)

Briefing With Senior Administration Officials On Next Steps Toward an Agreement on Bringing Peace to Afghanistan (February 29)   MODERATOR: Okay, we’re going to try to give everybody as much time as possible. Let’s talk about ground rules up front. This is going to be on background, SAO, okay? This is going to be embargoed until ... Read More»

This Week in Iran Policy (February 29)

This Week in Iran Policy   “The United [States] stands with the Iranian people.  We will continue to their support their voices.  These are people who are desperately eager to be heard in a free and fair election.” – Secretary Pompeo, Remarks, February 25, 2020 OPENING REMARKS BY SECRETARY POMPEO BEFORE THE HOUSE COMMITTEE ON FOREIGN RELATIONS, FEBRUARY ... Read More»

Remarks by President Trump at a Reception for African American History Month (February 28)

Remarks by President Trump at a Reception for African American History Month (February 28)   THE PRESIDENT:  Thank you.  Thank you very much. AUDIENCE:  Four more years!  Four more years!  Four more years! THE PRESIDENT:   We love you.  Thank you very much, everybody. I want to just — first of all, a person that’s doing ... Read More»

Attack on Turkish Soldiers in Idlib (February 28)

Attack on Turkish Soldiers in Idlib (February 28) MICHAEL R. POMPEO, SECRETARY OF STATE We stand by our NATO Ally Turkey in the aftermath of the despicable and brazen February 27 attack on Turkish forces in Idlib, which resulted in the death of dozens of Turkish soldiers. We send our condolences to the Government of ... Read More»

United States Offers Assistance to the Iranian People (February 28)

The United States Offers Assistance to the Iranian People (February 28) MICHAEL R. POMPEO, SECRETARY OF STATE The United States stands with the people of Iran during the public health crisis caused by the outbreak of the novel coronavirus (COVID-19). The U.S. Government is prepared to assist the Iranian people in their response efforts. This ... Read More»

The Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty at 50 (February 27)

The Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty at 50 (February 27)   The NPT is the cornerstone of the nuclear nonproliferation regime, reinforcing international peace and security and preventing the further spread of nuclear weapons. Global nuclear stockpiles are at their lowest levels since the 1950s, according to the  Federation of American Scientists . The treaty, which entered into force March 5, ... Read More»

USAID launches new grants program to support Georgian agriculture (February 26)

USAID launches new grants program to support Georgian agriculture (February 26)   The United States continues to support Georgia in developing its agricultural sector. Today, USAID announced the Agriculture Program Innovation Grant in partnership with the Ministry of Environmental Protection and Agriculture and Georgia’s Innovation and Technology Agency. These grants will help innovative food producers increase the quality of ... Read More»

U.S. Government helps to increase capacity at Kutaisi International Airport (February 26)

U.S. Government helps to increase capacity at Kutaisi International Airport (February 26) Today the USAID Economic Security Program signed a memorandum of understanding with United Airports of Georgia to support the expansion of Kutaisi International Airport. With workforce training and marketing support, the United States will help the airport drive economic growth in Imereti and across Georgia. ... Read More»

Crimea is Ukraine (February 26)

Crimea is Ukraine (February 26) PRESS STATEMENT MICHAEL R. POMPEO, SECRETARY OF STATE February 27 will mark the sixth anniversary of Russia’s attempted annexation of Ukraine’s Crimean peninsula, and the United States reaffirms: Crimea is Ukraine.  As underscored in our July 2018 Crimea Declaration, the United States does not and will not ever recognize Russia’s claims of sovereignty over the peninsula.  ... Read More»

Remarks by President Trump, Vice President Pence, and Members of the Coronavirus Task Force in Press Conference (February 26)

Remarks by President Trump, Vice President Pence, and Members of the Coronavirus Task Force in Press Conference (February 26)   THE PRESIDENT:  Thank you very much, everybody.  Thank you very much. Before I begin, I’d like to extend my deepest condolences to the victims and families in Milwaukee, Wisconsin.  Earlier today, a wicked murderer opened ... Read More»

United Nations 1267 Sanctions Committee Designation of ISIS-West Africa and ISIS-Greater Sahara (February 26)

United Nations 1267 Sanctions Committee Designation of ISIS-West Africa and ISIS-Greater Sahara (February 26)   The United States welcomes the action taken by the United Nations Security Council’s 1267 al-Qa’ida and ISIL (Da’esh) Sanctions Committee on February 23 to add ISIS-West Africa (ISIS-WA) and ISIS-Greater Sahara (ISIS-GS) to its designations list.  The United States designated ... Read More»

New Sanctions under the Iran, North Korea, and Syria Nonproliferation Act (INKSNA) (February 25)

New Sanctions under the Iran, North Korea, and Syria Nonproliferation Act (INKSNA) (February 25) PRESS STATEMENT MICHAEL R. POMPEO, SECRETARY OF STATE The United States is sanctioning 13 foreign entities and individuals in China, Iraq, Russia, and Turkey pursuant to the Iran, North Korea, and Syria Nonproliferation Act (INKSNA).  This action includes new sanctions against five entities/individuals in China (Luo Dingwen, ... Read More»

Seized missiles show Iran’s regime flouting U.N. resolutions (February 24)

Seized missiles show Iran’s regime flouting U.N. resolutions (February 24)   A U.S. seizure of Iranian-made missiles headed to the Houthis in Yemen shows the Iranian regime continuing to sow violence and flout international rules. “Guided missiles and improvised explosive devices are not the tools of diplomacy,” U.S. Special Representative for Iran Brian Hook told ... Read More»

U.S. Embassy Earth Day campaign teams up with NGO and private sector (February 24)

U.S. Embassy Earth Day campaign teams up with NGO and private sector (February 24) The U.S. Embassy’s Earth Day campaign continues.  This month our partner CENN/USAID Waste Management Program organized an eco-tour for Tbilisi American Corner students to learn about how to carry out environmentally friendly practices in a workplace setting. The program raised awareness about environmental issues among young ... Read More»

How USAID helped contain the 1st Ebola case in Goma (February 24)

How USAID helped contain the 1st Ebola case in Goma (February 24) The story of the first Ebola case in Goma, in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC), started here, Bishop Bernard Kabamba said as he sat on his front porch. He was thinking back to the day when Pastor Kubiya showed up at ... Read More»

Ambassador Degnan meets with NDI President Mitchell (February 23)

Ambassador Degnan meets with NDI President Mitchell (February 23) Today Ambassador Kelly Degnan met with the National Democratic Institute (NDI) President Derek Mitchell, during his visit to Georgia, to discuss the current political and pre-electoral environment. NDI plays a critical role as a non-partisan organization working with a range of partners to support democratic institutions ... Read More»

Next Steps Toward a U.S. Agreement with the Taliban (February 21)

Next Steps Toward a U.S. Agreement with the Taliban (February 21) PRESS STATEMENT MICHAEL R. POMPEO, SECRETARY OF STATE The United States and the Taliban have been engaged in extensive talks to facilitate a political settlement to end the war in Afghanistan, reduce the United States and Allied Forces presence, and ensure that no terrorist group ever uses Afghan soil to ... Read More»

The United States Condemns Russian Cyber Attack Against the Country of Georgia (February 20)

The United States Condemns Russian Cyber Attack Against the Country of Georgia (February 20) MICHAEL R. POMPEO, SECRETARY OF STATE On October 28, 2019, the Russian General Staff Main Intelligence Directorate (GRU) Main Center for Special Technologies (GTsST, also known as Unit 74455 and Sandworm) carried out a widespread disruptive cyber attack against the country of Georgia.  The incident, which directly affected ... Read More»

Iranian president begs voters to be regime’s ‘savior’ (February 20)

Iranian president begs voters to be regime’s ‘savior’ (February 20) Iranian President Hassan Rouhani acknowledges that Iran’s regime is in dire straits. But rather than taking responsibility, he is asking the Iranian people to vote for more of the same. At a recent rally in Tehran, Rouhani implored the Iranian people to set aside any ... Read More»

Ambassador Degnan’s meeting with opposition leaders (February 18)

Ambassador Degnan’s meeting with opposition leaders (February 18) Ambassador Kelly Degnan today hosted opposition leaders to meet them and discuss Georgia’s political environment. Ambassador Degnan reiterated the importance of all sides actively participating in the ongoing political dialogue and wider electoral reform process to address OSCE-ODIHR recommendations. Read More»

President’s Day 2020

Presidents memorialized By  Mark Trainer Americans honor their presidents in many ways, but few presidential monuments are as big as Mount Rushmore in the Black Hills of South Dakota (see above). The monument depicts four presidents for their roles in the country’s history: (from left) George Washington for the country’s birth, Thomas Jefferson for helping the young ... Read More»

Public-Private Cooperation To Combat the Novel Coronavirus (February 15)

Public-Private Cooperation To Combat the Novel Coronavirus (February 15) PRESS STATEMENT MORGAN ORTAGUS, DEPARTMENT SPOKESPERSON Last week, thanks to a joint effort of federal and local authorities and private organizations and companies, 17.8 tons of personal protection equipment and medical supplies were delivered, and more than 800 people were evacuated from Wuhan, China, amidst the Novel Coronavirus outbreak. A ... Read More»

USAID/Georgia Mission Director Wiebler speaks at Parliamentary Legal Issues Committee (February 14)

USAID/Georgia Mission Director Wiebler speaks at Parliamentary Legal Issues Committee (February 14)   Today USAID/Georgia Mission Director Peter Wiebler spoke at the Parliamentary Legal Issues Committee’s presentation of its 2019 annual report and underlined the U.S. Government’s support for the implementation of important reforms strengthening the rule of law in Georgia.  The event highlighted several areas where the ... Read More»

On the One-Year Anniversary of the Launch of the Women’s Global Development and Prosperity (W-GDP) Initiative (February 12)

On the One-Year Anniversary of the Launch of the Women’s Global Development and Prosperity (W-GDP) Initiative (February 12) MICHAEL R. POMPEO, SECRETARY OF STATE AMBASSADOR CURRIE:  Good morning, everyone, and welcome to the United States Department of State.  My name is Kelley Currie.  I am the ambassador-at-large for global women’s issues here at the department.  We are honored and delighted to ... Read More»

Ambassador Kelly Degnan’s Remarks to Media per Meeting with MOH Tikaradze (February 11)

Ambassador Kelly Degnan’s Remarks to Media per Meeting with MOH Tikaradze (February 11) Q-n about the meeting Ambassador Kelly Degnan: We had a very valuable meeting with the Minister today, covering a range of issues. We have so much cooperation in the health sector, the labor sector, social issues in general. We discussed a little ... Read More»

U.S. Embassy Statement on Political Dialogue and Conviction of Opposition Leader (February 11)

U.S. Embassy Statement on Political Dialogue and Conviction of Opposition Leader (February 11) The U.S. Embassy supports the political dialogue between Georgia’s governing party and opposition representatives aimed at reaching an agreement on an election system that best serves the Georgian people.  The U.S. Embassy is disappointed that the timing and context of the conviction ... Read More»

Iran’s Failed Space Launch (February 11)

Iran’s Failed Space Launch (February 11)   The Iranian regime uses satellite launches to develop its ballistic missile capabilities.  The technologies used to launch satellites into orbit are virtually identical and interchangeable with those used in longer range systems, including intercontinental ballistic missiles.  Each launch, whether failed or not, further allows Iran to gain experience ... Read More»

U.S. Government donates high-mobility vehicles to the Emergency Management Service of Georgia (February 10)

U.S. Government donates high-mobility vehicles to the Emergency Management Service of Georgia (February 10) The U.S. Government, through the U.S. European Command Office of Defense Cooperation (ODC), donated six new Toyota Land Cruiser high-mobility vehicles to the Emergency Management Service of the Ministry of Interior of Georgia.  The donation is part of the U.S. Department ... Read More»

Ambassador Kelly Degnan’s Remarks to Media per Meeting Infrastructure Minister Tskitishvili (February 10)

Ambassador Kelly Degnan’s Remarks to Media per Meeting Infrastructure Minister Tskitishvili (February 10)   q-n about the event Ambassador Kelly Degnan: We had an excellent meeting today.  Very informative.  I’m impressed at the amount of work that is going on to touch Georgians’ lives from the local level on up with different initiatives aimed at building ... Read More»

The U.S. Government-funded Livelihood Development Center supports IDPs in Zugdidi (February 10)

The U.S. Government-funded Livelihood Development Center supports IDPs in Zugdidi (February 10)   The U.S. Department of State’s Bureau of Population, Refugees, and Migration (PRM) funded the creation of the Livelihood Development Center (LDC) in Zugdidi. The goal of this center is to actively support internally displaced persons and local community members with a collection ... Read More»

U.S. Ceramics Artist delivers Workshop in Gori (February 8)

U.S. Ceramics Artist delivers Workshop in Gori (February 8)   On February 8, 2020, the Gori Municipality Administration hosted Andrea Dee Harris, a 2019-2020 Fulbright Scholar and ceramic artist. She gave a public presentation entitled “Selling the Handmade: An Artisan’s Journey.” The presentation was focused on the principles of successful product design, concepts from the ... Read More»

The United States Announces Assistance To Combat the Novel Coronavirus (February 7)

The United States Announces Assistance To Combat the Novel Coronavirus (February 7)   This week the State Department has facilitated the transportation of nearly 17.8 tons of donated medical supplies to the Chinese people, including masks, gowns, gauze, respirators, and other vital materials.  These donations are a testament to the generosity of the American people. ... Read More»

What is the CDC’s role during the coronavirus crisis? (February 7)

What is the CDC’s role during the coronavirus crisis? (February 7) By Lenore T. Adkins The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, or CDC, works to keep Americans and people everywhere healthy. With the public health emergency posed by the coronavirus dominating the news, it’s a good time to learn about the CDC. Question: What ... Read More»

Coronavirus aid from U.S. groups arrives in China (February 6)

Coronavirus aid from U.S. groups arrives in China (February 6) U.S. organizations are sending lifesaving medical supplies to the epicenter of the coronavirus outbreak in China, part of wide-ranging U.S. efforts to stop the deadly disease. More than 2 million respirator masks, 11,000 protective suits and 280,000 pairs of nitrile gloves donated by MAP International ... Read More»

U.S. launches International Religious Freedom Alliance (February 6)

The U.S. launches International Religious Freedom Alliance (February 6) By  Leigh Hartman Twenty-six countries from around the world have joined the United States in the formal creation of the International Religious Freedom Alliance. “The Alliance will unify powerful nations and leverage their resources to stop bad actors and advocate for the persecuted, the defenseless, and the vulnerable,” ... Read More»

On Attacks Against Protesters in Iraq (February 6)

On Attacks Against Protesters in Iraq (February 6) Press Statement by Michael R. Pompeo SECRETARY OF STATE We are outraged by the violence perpetrated in the city of Najaf on February 5 that led to the killing and wounding of peaceful demonstrators. Since October of last year, peaceful demonstrators have taken to the streets to ... Read More»

The Radio Donation to the Investigative Department of the State Inspector’s Service (February 5)

The Radio Donation to the Investigative Department of the State Inspector’s Service (February 5) The United States Embassy donated handheld and vehicle radios to the Investigative Department of the State Inspector’s Service of Georgia. This new department within the State Inspector’s Service recently assumed the central role of investigating violent crimes committed by law enforcement ... Read More»

Ambassador Kelly Degnan visits Patriarch of Georgia, Ilia II (February 4)

Ambassador Kelly Degnan visits Patriarch of Georgia, Ilia II (February 4) Today, February 4th, the U.S. Ambassador Kelly Degnan visited His Holiness the Patriarch of Georgia, Ilia II. Patriarch Ilia II congratulated Ambassador Degnan on her appointment as U.S. Ambassador to Georgia and wished her success. The Ambassador thanked His Holiness for the warm welcome ... Read More»

On President Trump’s State of the Union Address (February 4)

On President Trump’s State of the Union Address (February 4) PRESS STATEMENT MICHAEL R. POMPEO, SECRETARY OF STATE President Trump continues to lead an American foreign policy that bolsters our security and prosperity, strengthens our alliances and partnerships, and protects our precious freedoms. In just the past year, the United States has removed the head ... Read More»

Bypassing regime, U.S. delivers lifesaving medicine to Iranians (February 4)

Bypassing regime, U.S. delivers lifesaving medicine to Iranians (February 4) The U.S. is ensuring that cancer drugs and other lifesaving medicines reach Iranian patients, part of a broader push to support everyday Iranians and bypass the Iranian regime’s systemic corruption and financial mismanagement. The channel, developed in cooperation with the Swiss government, has already delivered ... Read More»

Ambassador Kelly Degnan’s Remarks to Media per Meeting Parliament Speaker Talakvadze ( February 3)

Ambassador Kelly Degnan’s Remarks to Media per Meeting Parliament Speaker Talakvadze ( February 3) Q-n about the meeting Ambassador Kelly Degnan: It was a very good, constructive conversation I just had with the Speaker. We discussed a number of areas where we already have very strong cooperation: the security field, education, democratization of Georgia’s political ... Read More»

Thematic Inquiry Working Group Report on Disinformation and Propaganda (February 3)

Thematic Inquiry Working Group Report on Disinformation and Propaganda (February 3) Anyone can be a target of disinformation, so all of us must build our media literacy and critical thinking skills. USAID is partnering with the government, civil society, and media to build Georgia’s resilience against disinformation. Accurate information is necessary for democracy to function. ... Read More»

U.S. companies work on Coronavirus vaccine (February 3)

U.S. companies work on Coronavirus vaccine (February 3)   By Leigh Hartman Feb 3, 2020 U.S. drug companies are hard at work in the fight against the coronavirus. (© Shutterstock) U.S. pharmaceutical companies are working on vaccines to combat the new coronavirus and stop its spread. Among the U.S. drug companies involved: Inovio, of Plymouth Meeting, Pennsylvania; ... Read More»

Ambassador Kelly Degnan’s Remarks to Media per Meeting the Prime Minister Gakharia (January 31)

Ambassador Kelly Degnan’s Remarks to Media per Meeting the Prime Minister Gakharia (January 31) Q-n about the meeting Ambassador Kelly Degnan: It was a very substantive conversation, I really enjoyed it. We covered a number of topics, including security cooperation, our economic cooperation, and opportunities to increase our economic ties. We had a good discussion ... Read More»

Ambassador Kelly Degnan’s Remarks to Media at MFA after Presenting Credentials (January 31)

Ambassador Kelly Degnan presented her Credentials at MFA (January 31) Ambassador Kelly C. Degnan had the honor of presenting her credentials to Minister of Foreign Affairs David Zalkaliani and President of Georgia Salome Zourabichvili. Ambassador Degnan will now officially assume her duties as the Chief of Mission of the United States to Georgia. Ambassador Kelly ... Read More»

YES-Georgia launches to support youth and women entrepreneurship (January 31)

YES-Georgia launches to support youth and women entrepreneurship (January 31) USAID/Georgia publicly announced the expansion of the YES-Georgia program, reflecting its increased focus on empowering women entrepreneurs. YES-Georgia was the only program in Europe and Eurasia to be selected by the U.S. government’s Women’s Global Development and Prosperity (W-GDP) Initiative and will receive $ 840,000 ... Read More»

U.S. and Israel agree to deepen cooperation in support of Georgia’s development (January 31)

U.S. and Israel agree to deepen cooperation in support of Georgia’s development (January 31)   Today, USAID/Georgia signed an important agreement with the Israeli Agency for International Development and Cooperation. Under this agreement, both the United States and Israel agreed to deepen cooperation in support of Georgia’s development. Specifically, both countries will cooperate to better ... Read More»

The U.S. Embassy begins Earth Day campaign through American Corners activities (January 30)

The U.S. Embassy begins Earth Day campaign through American Corners activities (January 30) In January, the American Corners began a campaign covering several months leading up to Earth Day, with programs teaching youth on the causes and prevention of wildfires, as well as possible solutions. Along with local partners and representatives of CENN and USDA’s ... Read More»

Secretary Pompeo’s Visit to Ukraine (January 30)

Secretary Pompeo’s Visit to Ukraine (January 30)   “Ukrainians continue to fight this battle as they work to build a modern, democratic, Western state. They know that a free and well-governed nation is a hard-won victory, but its worth it. The United States supports those efforts and honors the achievements that you have made thus ... Read More»

U.S. Embassy announces the arrival of Ambassador Kelly Degnan (January 29)

U.S. Embassy announces the arrival of Ambassador Kelly Degnan (January 29)   U.S. Embassy Tbilisi is very pleased to announce the arrival of Ambassador Kelly Degnan at Tbilisi International Airport. Welcome to Georgia, Madame Ambassador!  We look forward to the work we will do together to strengthen the partnership between the United States and Georgia. ... Read More»

Annual Partnership Development Forum (January 29)

Annual Partnership Development Forum (January 29) The Development Partner Coordination Group is a formally recognized body comprised of all major bilateral and multilateral development partners operating in Georgia, including International Financial Institutions. The Development Partner Coordination Group views the Forum as a useful platform to jointly reflect on progress seen in areas fostered by external ... Read More»

White House unveils most detailed Middle East peace plan ever proposed (January 29)

White House unveils most detailed Middle East peace plan ever proposed (January 29)   President Trump released on January 28 the administration’s  vision for peace between Israel and the Palestinians . Speaking in the East Room of the White House with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, the president described his plan to resolve the decades of conflict between Israeli and Palestinian people as ... Read More»

Wounded Warrior Rehabilitation Center opens in Tserovani, Georgia (January 27)

Wounded Warrior Rehabilitation Center opens in Tserovani, Georgia (January 27) Today, CDA Elizabeth Rood helped open the newly constructed Wounded Warrior Rehabilitation Center in Tserovani, Georgia. The mission of this program is to promote, improve, conserve, and restore the physical and mental well-being of soldiers. The new center will provide purposeful, meaningful activities and services ... Read More»

International Holocaust Remembrance Day (January 27)

International Holocaust Remembrance Day (January 27)   The Holocaust memorialized throughout the world By Mark Trainer In the U.S., and other nations, memorials stand as continual reminders of the horror of the Holocaust and the importance of confronting the evils that brought it about. The United Nations designated January 27 — the anniversary of the liberation of ... Read More»

This Week in Iran Policy (January 25)

This Week in Iran Policy (January 25)   “…our mission set is twofold: to prevent Iran from getting a nuclear weapon, and then to make sure that that country, the world’s largest state sponsor of terror, can’t inflict harm on Americans. So we do everything we can each day to reduce that risk, all the ... Read More»

International Customs Day Ceremony (January 24)

International Customs Day Ceremony (January 24) EXBS receives high recognition at the International Customs Day Ceremony organized by the Georgian Ministry of Finance at the Poti Customs Clearance Zone. The EXBS Advisor accepted a Certificate of Appreciation signed by the Minister of Finance for “invaluable, sustainable support and outstanding cooperation in enhancing capacities of Georgian ... Read More»

The United States Imposes Further Sanctions on Iran’s Petrochemical Industry (January 23)

The United States Imposes Further Sanctions on Iran’s Petrochemical Industry (January 23)   Today, the United States is taking new steps as part of our maximum economic pressure campaign to deny the Iranian regime all sources of revenue to fund its destabilizing activities.  The Department of State is imposing sanctions on Chinese company Shandong Qiwangda ... Read More»

CDA Rood attends the presentation of the Parliamentary Human Rights Committee’s annual report (January 20)

CDA Rood attends the presentation of the Parliamentary Human Rights Committee’s annual report (January 20)   Today, CDA Elizabeth Rood attended the presentation of the Parliamentary Human Rights Committee’s annual report which highlighted several areas where the Parliamentary Committee achieved real progress with support from the U.S. government. These areas of cooperation included children’s rights, ... Read More»

Birthday of Martin Luther King, Jr. (January 20)

Birthday of Martin Luther King, Jr. (January 20) On the third Monday of January, Americans honor the life and achievements of the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr., (1929–1968), the 1964 Nobel Peace laureate and the individual most associated with the triumphs of the African-American civil rights movement during the 1950s and 1960s. As political organizer, ... Read More»

Securing Greater Religious Freedom Around the World (January 17)

Securing Greater Religious Freedom Around the World (January 17)   234 years ago, Thomas Jefferson penned these words: “…no man shall be compelled to frequent or support any religious worship, place, or ministry whatsoever, nor shall be enforced, restrained, molested, or burdened in his body or goods, nor shall otherwise suffer on account of his ... Read More»

This Week in Iran Policy, January 13–17 (January 17)

This Week in Iran Policy, January 13–17 (January 17)   “President Trump and those of us in his national security team are re-establishing deterrence – real deterrence ‒ against the Islamic Republic. In strategic terms, deterrence simply means persuading the other party that the costs of a specific behavior exceed its benefits. It requires credibility; ... Read More»

Ambassador Degnan’s swearing-in remarks (January 16)

Ambassador Degnan’s swearing-in remarks (January 16)   Thank you, U/S Hale, for those generous remarks. Some of my most memorable FS moments come from my time on P Staff, so I feel honored to have you – “P”, the U/S for Political Affairs — here today to administer the oath. I’d like to give a ... Read More»

The Inaugural Ceremony of a newly renovated Public School in Kveshi (January 15)

The Inaugural Ceremony of a newly renovated Public School in Kveshi (January 15) Today, January 15th, CDA Elizabeth Rood helped open the newly renovated public school in Kveshi, in the Shida Kartli region. The school is just one kilometer from the Administrative Boundary Line (ABL) and serves 200 children. The U.S. military’s humanitarian assistance program ... Read More»

Ribbon-Cutting Ceremony of a Newly Renovated School in Kveshi (January 15)

Ribbon-Cutting Ceremony of a Newly Renovated School in Kveshi (January 15)   On January 15, 11:00 am, the ribbon-cutting ceremony of a newly renovated public school will take place in the village Kveshi, located near the Administrative Boundary Line.  CDA Elizabeth Rood, Governor Giorgi Khojevanishvili, Minister of Education, Science, Culture, and Sport Mikheil Chkhenkeli, Mayor ... Read More»

CDA Elizabeth Rood visits distinguished Georgian artist Muraz Murvanidze (January 13)

CDA Elizabeth Rood visits distinguished Georgian artist Muraz Murvanidze (January 13) CDA Elizabeth Rood visited acclaimed Georgian artist and stage designer Muraz Murvanidze at his home in old Tbilisi. Mr. Murvanidze shared with her some of the highlights from his extensive collection of paintings, sculptures, and mementos from his celebrated work worldwide. Mr. Murvanidze has ... Read More»

U.S. sanctions target Iranian regime’s ‘brute squad’ (January 10)

U.S. Sanctions Target Iranian regime’s ‘brute squad’ (January 10)   The Trump administration will impose sanctions as long as Iran’s outlaw ways continue, Secretary of State Michael R. Pompeo said January 10 as he outlined new sanctions targeting the Iranian regime’s “brute squad” of top security officials. The new sanctions hit the regime’s senior Iranian ... Read More»

Chargé d’Affaires Elizabeth Rood participates in Global Startup Labs Opening at Business and Technology University (January 9)

Chargé d’Affaires Elizabeth Rood participates in Global Startup Labs Opening at Business and Technology University (January 9) On January 9, Chargé d’Affaires Elizabeth Rood participated in the Global Startup Labs Opening at Business and Technology University to strengthen cooperation between Georgian and U.S. universities and promote STEAM education through Massachusetts Institute for Technology (MIT) Global Startup Labs (GSL) Program. Chargé d’Affaires ... Read More»

Remarks by President Trump on Iran (January 8)

Remarks by President Trump on Iran (January 8)   THE PRESIDENT:  As long as I am President of the United States, Iran will never be allowed to have a nuclear weapon. Good morning.  I’m pleased to inform you: The American people should be extremely grateful and happy no Americans were harmed in last night’s attack ... Read More»

Ukrainian Airlines Flight PS 752 (January 8)

Ukrainian Airlines Flight PS 752 (January 8) The U.S. Department of State extends our deepest condolences to the families and friends of the 176 passengers and crew killed in the tragic crash of Ukraine International Airlines flight PS 752. The United States will continue to follow this incident closely and stands prepared to offer Ukraine ... Read More»

Iranian Strikes in Iraq (January 8)

Iranian Strikes in Iraq (January 8)   Casualties: The President noted in his remarks that there were no casualties; governments of Iraq, Australia, Canada, Denmark, France, Germany, the Netherlands, Norway, Poland, and Spain also reported no casualties among their soldiers in Iraq. Iraqi Protests Against Iran: Iraqi protesters in Nasiriyah reportedly refused to allow supporters ... Read More»

Security Alert – U.S. Embassy Tbilisi, Georgia (January 6, 2020)

Location: Georgia Event: Heightened Middle East Tensions There is heightened tension in the Middle East that may result in security risks to U.S. citizens abroad. The Embassy has implemented additional security measures as a precaution.  U.S. government personnel are instructed to exercise a higher level of personal security awareness. The Embassy will continue to review ... Read More»

Congratulations and best wishes to His Holiness Patriarch Ilia II (January 4)

Congratulations and best wishes to His Holiness Patriarch Ilia II (January 4) On behalf of the United States of America, Chargé d’Affaires Elizabeth Rood extends her warmest congratulations to His Holiness Patriarch Ilia II on the occasion of his birthday and best wishes for health and happiness in the coming year, as well as peace and prosperity for the ... Read More»

Remarks by President Trump on the Killing of Qasem Soleimani (January 3)

Remarks by President Trump on the Killing of Qasem Soleimani (January 3)   THE PRESIDENT:  Hello, everybody.  Well, thank you very much.  And good afternoon. As President, my highest and most solemn duty is the defense of our nation and its citizens. Last night, at my direction, the United States military successfully executed a flawless ... Read More»

Senior State Department Officials On U.S. Airstrikes in Iraq and Syria (December 30)

Senior State Department Officials On U.S. Airstrikes in Iraq and Syria (December 30)   MODERATOR:  Hey, everybody.  Thanks for joining us.  Happy New Year, happy 2020.  I have a couple of people that all of you know very well.  On the phone, we have [Senior State Department Official One], [Senior State Department Official Two], and ... Read More»

The U.S. Embassy Statement on the release of Dr. Vazha Gaprindashvili (December 28)

The U.S. Embassy Statement on the release of Dr. Vazha Gaprindashvili (December 28) We welcome the news that Dr. Vazha Gaprindashvili has been released by the de facto authorities in South Ossetia. We join all Georgians and the international community in welcoming him home to spend the holidays with his family. We again call on ... Read More»

Statement after meeting in Washington (December 23)

Statement after meeting in Washington (December 23)   Following recent meetings in Washington between Deputy Assistant Secretary of State George Kent and the Georgian Dream delegation led by Deputy Speaker Kakha Kuchava, the U.S. Department of State released the following statement: Democratic Developments in Georgia The United States supports a secure, prosperous, and democratic Georgia.  ... Read More»

U.S. Embassy Statement on the sentencing of Dr. Vazha Gaprindashivili (December 20)

U.S. Embassy Statement on the sentencing of Dr. Vazha Gaprindashivili (December 20)   The government of the United States does not recognize as legitimate the de facto authorities in the occupied region of South Ossetia, nor does it recognize as legitimate today’s sentencing of Dr. Vazha Gaprindashivili. We again call on the de facto authorities, and ... Read More»

CDA Elizabeth Rood’s Media Comments following the Fourth Round of the Meeting between the Ruling Party and the Opposition (December 20)

CDA Elizabeth Rood’s Media Comments following the Fourth Round of the Meeting between the Ruling Party and the Opposition (December 20)   Question about the results CDA Elizabeth Rood: I would say that this fourth round of dialogue again demonstrated the value of this format for the ruling party and the opposition representatives to come together ... Read More»

Kelly C. Degnan’s nomination confirmed unanimously by the U.S. Senate (December 20)

Kelly C. Degnan’s nomination confirmed unanimously by the U.S. Senate (December 20) The U.S. Embassy is pleased to share the news that the U.S. Senate has confirmed by unanimous consent Kelly C. Degnan’s nomination to become Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of the United States of America to Georgia.  Ambassador-Designate Degnan will take her oath of ... Read More»

Human Rights and the Iranian Regime (December 19)

Human Rights and the Iranian Regime (December 19)   SECRETARY POMPEO:  Thank you.  Good morning.  Thank you, all.  Thank you.  Good morning, everyone.  How are you all doing today?  Everybody good? It’s an important day here at the State Department, and I appreciate you all joining us.  Bob, thanks for the kind introduction, and I’m delighted ... Read More»

The U.S. stands with the Iranian people (December 19)

The U.S. stands with the Iranian people (December 19)   U.S. Secretary of State Michael R. Pompeo vowed to continue U.S. support for the Iranian people as they struggle against a repressive regime that violates human rights. Pompeo told a December 19 U.S. Department of State forum that recent protests in Iran show that the ... Read More»

CAO Julius Tsai speaks to Georgian arts and crafts entrepreneurs (December 18)

CAO Julius Tsai speaks to Georgian arts and crafts entrepreneurs (December 18) On December 18, CAO Julius Tsai visited an exhibition put on by the Georgian Arts and Culture Center, under the auspices of the PAS grant “Stimulating Startups in Heritage Crafts and Design.” The year-long capacity-building initiative aims to strengthen the arts and craft ... Read More»

CDA Elizabeth Rood’s Media Comments on the Sidelines of Ambassadorial 2019 (December 17)

CDA Elizabeth Rood’s Media Comments on the Sidelines of Ambassadorial 2019 (December 17)   Q-n about the letter signed by Congressmen Kinzinger and Connolly  CDA Rood: We have seen the letter from Representatives Kinzinger and Connolly, but, as this letter expresses the views of members of Congress, I would refer you to the Congressmen’s office ... Read More»

Author of “Georgian Trick Riders in American Wild West”‘s present to the embassy (December 16)

  Author of “Georgian Trick Riders in American Wild West’s present to the embassy (December 16) Today CDA Elizabeth Rood hosted Irakli Makharadze, author of “Georgian Trick Riders in American Wild West” at the U.S. Embassy. Mr. Makharadze has been researching the story of Georgian riders in the 1890s-1920s who participated in the famous Buffalo ... Read More»

CDA Elizabeth Rood’s Comments to Media after the Third Round of Talks between the Ruling Party and Opposition (December 15)

CDA Elizabeth Rood’s Comments to Media after the Third Round of Talks between the Ruling Party and Opposition (December 15)   Q-n about the CDA’s impression of the talks as “the opposition claimed they were more constructive than the ruling party did.” CDA Rood: The third round of dialogue again took place in a constructive ... Read More»

Demonstration Alert – U.S. Embassy Tbilisi, Georgia

Location: Along Rustaveli Avenue and Freedom Square in downtown Tbilisi at approximately 3:00pm on Saturday, December 14 Event: A potentially large political rally is expected to take place.  Counterdemonstrations could occur as well, which may lead to confrontations.  Patrol Police may close Rustaveli Avenue from Republic to Freedom squares starting before 3:00pm until the rally ... Read More»

This Week in Iran Policy (December 13)

This Week in Iran Policy (December 13)   “As long as [Iran’s] malign behavior continues, so will our campaign of maximum pressure… these sanctions are aimed not at China, not at the Iranian people, but at the leadership of the Islamic Republic of Iran that is engaged in activity that poses threats around the world…We will ... Read More»

U.S. Embassy’s statement on supreme court nominees (December 12)

U.S. Embassy’s statement on supreme court nominees (December 12)   Over recent months the U.S. Embassy has closely watched the process of selection of Georgia’s Supreme Court justices for lifetime appointments. In May we expressed disappointment at Parliament’s adoption of selection procedures that failed to incorporate many of the recommendations of the Venice Commission, OSCE/ODIHR, ... Read More»

Launch of Developing Regional Information and Voter Empowerment for Democracy (DRIVE) Activity (December 12)

Launch of Developing Regional Information and Voter Empowerment for Democracy (DRIVE) Activity (December 12) Today, on December 12th, USAID, along with the Eastern European Centre for Multiparty Democracy (EECMD) and the Economic Policy Research Centre (EPRC) launched the DRIVE Democracy Activity, a three year one million dollar project designed to help empower Georgian Citizens to ... Read More»

U.S. Participation in the Geneva International Discussions on the Conflict in Georgia Press statement by the U.S. Delegation (December 12)

U.S. Participation in the Geneva International Discussions on the Conflict in Georgia Press statement by the U.S. Delegation (December 12)   During the December 10-11 fiftieth round of the Geneva International Discussions (GID) on the conflict in Georgia, the U.S. delegation expressed frustration that participants have been unable to make progress on core issues and ... Read More»

The U.S. supports Georgia in CBRN threat preparedness (December 11)

The U.S. supports Georgia in CBRN threat preparedness (December 11)   Today CDA Elizabeth Rood opened the 5th Annual Interagency Council on CBRN threats and highlighted the United States and Georgia’s shared commitment to, and investment in, global security. The United States, through the Defense Threat Reduction Agency (DTRA), committed equipment and training to Georgia ... Read More»

International Human Rights Day 2019

International Human Rights Day 2019 Human Rights Day is observed by the international community every year on 10 December. It commemorates the day in 1948 the United Nations General Assembly adopted the  Universal Declaration of Human Rights . The formal inception of Human Rights Day dates from 1950, after the Assembly passed resolution 423 (V) inviting all States and interested ... Read More»

Major General Carden attended the 25th Anniversary of the State Partnership Program between Georgia and the state of Georgia (December 10)

Major General Carden attended the 25th Anniversary of the State Partnership Program between Georgia and the state of Georgia (December 10) Today Major General Thomas Carden attended the 25th Anniversary of the State Partnership Program to commemorate the enduring relationship between the country of Georgia and the U.S. state of Georgia. The State Partnership Program ... Read More»

International Anticorruption Day (December 9)

International Anticorruption Day (December 9)   Today, on International Anticorruption Day, we reaffirm our commitment to prevent and combat corruption globally.  Corruption obstructs economic growth and development, facilitates transnational crime, and fuels terrorism, robbing citizens around the world of their basic rights.  Corruption enables and sustains autocratic leaders, weakens faith in democratic systems, creates opportunities ... Read More»

Colonel Bagley speaks at the Women in the Military Field event (December 9)

Colonel Bagley speaks at the Women in the Military Field event (December 9) U.S. Defense Attaché to Georgia, Colonel Stephanie Bagley, was invited to share her experience at the Women in the Military Field Speakers event. During her speech, COL Bagley, who is the first female U.S. Defensé Attache to Georgia, spoke about challenges and opportunities for women in the military. She underlined ... Read More»

Security Awareness During the Holiday Season

U.S. Embassy Tbilisi, Georgia (December 9, 2019) Location:  Georgia, countrywide Event:  During the holiday season, we remind U.S. citizens that there are ongoing threats posed by transnational terrorist organizations and individuals inspired by extremist ideology throughout Europe, including in Georgia.  Extremists continue to focus on locations such as Christmas holiday markets, shopping malls, airports, clubs, ... Read More»

CDA Elizabeth Rood’s media comment before the start of the meeting between the ruling party and the opposition (December 8)

CDA Elizabeth Rood’s media comment before the start of the meeting between the ruling party and the opposition (December 8) CDA Rood: Last week, the ruling party and opposition met to begin a dialogue aimed at restoring trust and identifying the best way forward to make Georgia 2020 Parliamentary elections a real step forward in ... Read More»

CDA Elizabeth Rood’s media comment made following the meeting between the ruling party and opposition (December 8)

CDA Elizabeth Rood’s media comment made following the meeting between the ruling party and opposition (December 8)   Q-n about the outcome of the dialogue CDA Rood:  We had a second round of dialogue in a constructive atmosphere, and we agreed that we would meet again to continue the discussion.  With the encouragement of the ... Read More»

First Shipment of US Wheat Arrives in Georgia (December 6)

First Shipment of US Wheat Arrives in Georgia (December 6) This week the first shipment of high-quality U.S. wheat arrived in Poti under the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Food for Progress program. Georgian companies can now buy U.S. Hard Red Winter Wheat in Georgia and explore new ingredient options for high-quality bread and pastries. The ... Read More»

Statement in support of the National Democratic Institute and the International Republican Institute (December 6)

Representative Eliot L. Engel, Chairman of the House Foreign Affairs Committee, today issued the following statement in support of the National Democratic Institute and the International Republican Institute (December 6)   “Since the collapse of the Soviet Union, Georgia has made tremendous strides forward developing democracy and the rule of law—values at the core of ... Read More»

This Week in Iran Policy, December 2-6 (December 6)

This Week in Iran Policy, December 2-6 (December 6)   “Our role…is to support freedom wherever we are able to do so, to create transparency so that the world can see. In Iran, the reporting indicates that there are several hundred people who have been killed by the security forces, thousands detained inside of Iran, ... Read More»

CDA Elizabeth Rood attends opening Ceremony at MCC-rehabilitated Kutaisi # 17 School (December 5)

CDA Elizabeth Rood attends opening Ceremony at MCC-rehabilitated Kutaisi # 17 School (December 5) On December 5, 2019, Charge d’Affairs Elizabeth Rood attended the opening of #17 Public School in Kutaisi, celebrating its Millennium Challenge Corporation-funded renovation. Kutaisi School # 17, which enrolls more than 1,400 students, was renovated in July of 2019 in the ... Read More»

CDA Rood meets Civil Society in Kutaisi (December 5)

CDA Rood meets Civil Society in Kutaisi (December 5) Today, Chargé d’Affaires Elizabeth Rood met with civil society activists in Kutaisi to discuss the role of local civil society organizations in representing local citizens and strengthening Georgia’s democracy. The CDA emphasized the U.S. Government’s support for civil society and encouraged the activists to continue to ... Read More»

The U.S. Embassy joins “16 Days of Activism” campaign to end gender-based violence (December 5)

The U.S. Embassy joins “16 Days of Activism” campaign to end gender-based violence (December 5) The U.S. Embassy’s Bureau of International Narcotics and Law Enforcement Affairs (INL) joined the 16-day campaign against gender-based violence by providing a weeklong training to the Georgian police titled “Domestic Violence Practical Intervention.” The classes were taught by U.S. police ... Read More»

CDA Rood’s Remarks to the media at the International Black Sea University (December 2)

CDA Rood’s Remarks to the media at the International Black Sea University (December 2) q-n about the event This is the 12th annual American Cities Conference of the International Black Sea University, and it is such a wonderful opportunity for experts in this field to discuss the latest research and developments having to with the ... Read More»

CDA Rood’s comment to media after the meeting between the opposition and the ruling party (November 30)

CDA Rood’s comment to media after the meeting between the opposition and the ruling party (November 30)   Q-n: about the details of the dialogue that has just finished, of the ruling party considers the German model complies with the Georgian constitution CDA Rood: This morning, before this meeting started, I said that we hoped ... Read More»

CDA Elizabeth Rood’s Comment to Media at Biltmore Hotel (November 30)

CDA Elizabeth Rood’s Comment to Media at Biltmore Hotel (November 30)   Q-n about the significance of the consensus between the ruling party and the opposition, and If this can be achieved CDA Rood; As you recall, the United States, along with the European Union Delegation, expressed a strong hope and called for a dialogue ... Read More»

U.S. Support for Ukrainian Sovereignty and Territorial Integrity (November 27)

U.S. Support for Ukrainian Sovereignty and Territorial Integrity (November 27)   The United States reaffirms our unwavering support for Ukraine’s sovereignty and territorial integrity in the lead up to the December 9 Normandy Format Summit among Ukraine, France, Germany, and Russia — the first since 2016. The United States is committed to working with our ... Read More»

CDA Elizabeth Rood visiting Kharagauli (November 26)

CDA Elizabeth Rood visiting Kharagauli (November 26) November 26, Chargé d’Affairs Elizabeth Rood traveled to Kharagauli, where she visited several historic monuments, including the “Devi Cave,” the site of the oldest prehistoric human remains in the territory of Georgia. CDA Rood also visited a museum exhibition in Kharagauli, where she viewed the work of artist Badri Philishvili, a self-taught painter and musician from ... Read More»

U.S. company wins first-ever approval of Ebola vaccine (November 26)

U.S. company wins first-ever approval of Ebola vaccine (November 26)   The U.S. pharmaceutical firm Merck & Co. has won the first-ever regulatory approval of a vaccine against the Ebola virus, a major boon in the fight against the deadly disease. The European Commission’s November 10 decision granting a significant step toward full approval of ... Read More»

International Day for the Elimination of Violence Against Women (November 25)

Secretary Pompeo on International Day for the Elimination of Violence Against Women (November 25)   In observance of the International Day for the Elimination of Violence Against Women on November 25 and the accompanying 16 Days of Activism Against Gender-Based Violence, the United States is proud to reaffirm its commitment to defending the rights of ... Read More»

Minister of Defense Irakli Gharibashvili Visit to the United States (November 25)

Minister of Defense Irakli Gharibashvili Visit to the United States (November 25) November 25, 2019.  Georgian Minister of Defense Irakli Gharibashvili completed an official visit to the United States, the highlights of which were meeting with United States Deputy Secretary of Defense David Norquist and the signing of the Bilateral Security Cooperation Framework.  Minister Gharibashvili ... Read More»

This Week in Iran Policy, November 18-22 (November 22)

This Week in Iran Policy, November 18-22 (November 22)   “As Iranians take to the streets in protest, the Ayatollahs in Tehran continue to use violence and imprisonment to oppress their people. The United States’ message is clear: the American people stand with the people of Iran.” – Vice President Mike Pence, Twitter, November 20 ... Read More»

Culture for Canines (November 21)

Culture for Canines (November 21) On November 21, Chargé d’Affaires Elizabeth Rood hosted Culture for Canines, a fundraiser for the Dog Organization of Georgia (DOG). The acclaimed Balada trio and their conductor Nana Kalandadze, Juilliard-trained pianist David Aladashvili, and jazz singer Maia Baratashvili serenaded guests in a stellar concert followed auctions to raise funds for ... Read More»

Honoring the Heroes in the 1979 Attack on the U.S. Embassy Islamabad (November 20)

Honoring the Heroes in the 1979 Attack on the U.S. Embassy Islamabad (November 20) Forty years ago, the U.S. Embassy in Islamabad, Pakistan, was attacked and nearly burned to the ground by a violent group of protesters.  Today, we honor the four members of the Embassy team killed in that tragic event:  two Americans – ... Read More»

U.S. infrastructure company “Acrow Bridge” ready to do business in Georgia (November 19)

U.S. infrastructure company “Acrow Bridge” ready to do business in Georgia (November 19)   On November 19, 2019, Chargé d’Affaires Elizabeth Rood hosted a reception to present U.S. infrastructure company Acrow Bridge to representatives of the Georgian government, international organizations, and the business community.  In her welcome remarks, CDA Rood and Deputy Minister of Infrastructure Irakli Karseladze highlighted the desire for more ... Read More»

CDA Elizabeth Rood’s Remarks to Media at 5th Annual Meeting on Hep C (November 19)

CDA Elizabeth Rood’s Remarks to Media at 5th Annual Meeting on Hep C (November 19) Q-n about the event Charge d’affairs, Elizabeth Rood:  With the help of the United States, Georgian health authorities have made extraordinary progress towards eradicating hepatitis C here in Georgia.  At today’s meeting, experts from different parts of the world are coming ... Read More»

Joint Maritime Operations Center Interagency Council Meeting (November 18)

Joint Maritime Operations Center Interagency Council Meeting (November 18) On November 18, Charge d’Affaires Elizabeth Rood met with members of the Joint Maritime Operations Center (JMOC) Interagency Council to discuss progress and encourage support for the future development of the JMOC.  The JMOC is an interagency coordination center for early detection, identification, and response to maritime threats ... Read More»

Global Entrepreneurship Week (GEW) (November 18)

Global Entrepreneurship Week (GEW) (November 18) On November 18 Acting DCM Jason Kalbfleisch met with aspiring and established entrepreneurs as he kicked off Global Entrepreneurship Week (GEW).  The Global Entrepreneurship Network (GEN) of Georgia, supported by the U.S. Embassy has created a week of programming around the country, including promoting entrepreneurship among youth and women ... Read More»

Statement by the Embassy of the United States of America and the Delegation of the European Union to Georgia (November 17)

Statement by the Embassy of the United States of America and the Delegation of the European Union to Georgia (November 17) The Embassy of the United States of America and the Delegation of the European Union to Georgia recognize the deep disappointment of a wide segment of Georgian society at the failure of Parliament to ... Read More»

The US Embassy Statement on Detention of Dr. Vazha Gaprindashvili (November 16)

The US Embassy Statement on Detention of Dr. Vazha Gaprindashvili (November 16) The U.S. Embassy calls for the immediate release of Dr. Vazha Gaprindashvili, a well-known Georgian physician and president of the Association of Orthopedists and Traumatologists of Georgia, who was sentenced by the de facto authorities in Georgia’s South Ossetia region on November 15 ... Read More»

Demonstration Alert – U.S. Embassy Tbilisi, Georgia

Location: Outside the Parliament building in downtown Tbilisi and in various locations around Georgia, November 15-17 Event: Potential for Ongoing Demonstration Activities Protest activity to continue today and throughout the weekend, especially around the Parliament building and Rustaveli Avenue in downtown Tbilisi. In particular, multiple large demonstrations are anticipated on Sunday afternoon and evening (November ... Read More»

Demonstration Alert – U.S. Embassy Tbilisi, Georgia

Location: Outside the Parliament building in downtown Tbilisi Event: Potential Protest Activity at Parliament building on November 14, 2019.  There have been calls for a larger demonstration at 19:00pm. U.S. government personnel have been advised to avoid large crowds and demonstrations and to prepare for anticipated traffic delays and disruptions in that area. Actions to ... Read More»

U.S. Embassy statement on Parliamentary vote on proportional elections (November 14)

U.S. Embassy statement on Parliamentary vote on proportional elections (November 14) As we stated previously, the U.S. Embassy welcomed the Georgian Dream party’s stated intention to transition to fully proportional parliamentary elections in 2020 and considered this an important step in advancing Georgia’s democratic development and strengthening trust among political parties. We are disappointed, therefore, ... Read More»

Secretary Michael R. Pompeo At the Global Coalition to Defeat ISIS Small Group Ministerial (November 14)

Secretary Michael R. Pompeo At the Global Coalition to Defeat ISIS Small Group Ministerial (November 14)   SECRETARY POMPEO:  Well, good morning, everyone.  Welcome. I first want to thank Secretary General Stoltenberg, Under Secretary of Defense Rood – John – and the representatives of 31 partners for being here today.  Thank you all so much ... Read More»

CDA Elizabeth Rood’s comment to media at the announcement of  the Ambassador’s Fund for Cultural Preservation (AFCP) for Jvari Monastery (November 12)

CDA Elizabeth Rood’s comment to media at the announcement of  the Ambassador’s Fund for Cultural Preservation (AFCP) to fund a project on the conservation of damaged stones on the facades of the Major Church at Jvari Monastery (November 12)   q-n about the Ambassador’s Fund for Cultural Preservation (AFCP) on the Jvari Monastery damage study    ... Read More»

U.S. Embassy to Fund First Phase of Jvari Monastery’s Conservation Works (November 12)

On November 12, the U.S. Embassy in Tbilisi will announce funding for a project focused on the conservation of damaged stones on the facades of the Major Church at Jvari Monastery.  Funding for the project was made available by a grant through the Ambassador’s Fund for Cultural Preservation (AFCP). The $100,000 project will be implemented by ... Read More»

Demonstration Alert – U.S. Embassy Tbilisi, Georgia

Demonstration Alert – U.S. Embassy Tbilisi, Georgia (November 7, 2019) Location: Cinema locations in Tbilisi and Batumi, November 8-10 at various showtimes between 7:00pm and 11:00pm. Event: Potential Protest Activity at Movie Screenings Various groups are calling for protests against the screening of the movie “And Then We Danced” in Georgia November 8 – 10.  ... Read More»

CDA Elizabeth Rood’s Remarks to media at GDSC 2019 (November 6)

CDA Elizabeth Rood’s Remarks to media at GDSC 2019 (November 6)    Q-n about the event Charge d’Affairs, Elizabeth Rood:  Georgia’s Defense and Security Conference is an excellent opportunity for people in government and experts in the security and defense fields to talk about Georgia’s progress towards Euro-Atlantic integration.  This year’s conference is going to ... Read More»

International Day to End Impunity for Crimes against Journalists (November 2)

International Day to End Impunity for Crimes against Journalists (November 2)   In far too many places around the world, journalists are killed, tortured, jailed, and harassed for reporting that exposes the abuses of corrupt regimes, undermines the work of terrorist and criminal organizations, gives voice to overlooked communities, and counters disinformation. As of December ... Read More»

CDA Rood attends Transparency International Georgia’s conference on hate speech (November 1)

Freedom of expression is a value shared by Georgia and the United States and a basic condition for individual liberty and for maintaining a free society. On November 1, CDA Rood spoke at Transparency International Georgia’s conference on hate speech, an event supported by USAID’s Promoting Rule of Law in Georgia activity. She emphasized that ... Read More»

CDA Rood Attends NATO-Georgia Public Diplomacy Forum (October 31)

CDA Rood Attends NATO-Georgia Public Diplomacy Forum (October 31) CDA Elizabeth Rood at the 4th Annual NATO-Georgia Public Diplomacy Forum to chair a panel discussion called “Investing in Resilience: The Power of Education.” The NATO-Georgia Public Diplomacy Forum provides a high-level platform for cross-sector collaboration in order to explore the common ground and goals between ... Read More»

Acting Deputy Chief of Mission Jason Kalbfleisch’s comments to media at U.S. Education Fair Tbilisi (October 30)

Acting Deputy Chief of Mission Jason Kalbfleisch’s comments to media at U.S. Education Fair Tbilisi (October 30)   Q-n about U.S. Education Fair A/DCM Jason Kalbfleisch: We are very excited today to have 16 American universities here. I think it is a great opportunity for Georgian students and for the United States. The U.S. Embassy ... Read More»

The U.S. Government donates a truck to Georgian K9 unit (October 28)

The U.S. Government donates a truck to Georgian K9 unit (October 28) Today CDA Rood met the Georgian Ministry of Interior’s working drug detection dogs.  Since 2014, the U.S. government has trained 14 dogs for the Georgian MoI to strengthen its ability to stop to flow of illegal drugs.  Today the dogs and their handlers ... Read More»

Remarks by President Trump on the Death of ISIS Leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi (October 27)

Remarks by President Trump on the Death of ISIS Leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi (October 27) Diplomatic Reception Room 9:20 A.M. EDT THE PRESIDENT:  Last night, the United States brought the world’s number one terrorist leader to justice.  Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi is dead.  He was the founder and leader of ISIS, the most ruthless and violent ... Read More»

International Religious Freedom Day (October 27)

International Religious Freedom Day (October 27)   Freedom of religion is a cherished American value and a fundamental freedom. The Founding Fathers understood religious freedom not as the state’s creation, but as the unalienable birthright of human beings. Today, we commemorate the 21st anniversary of the 1998 International Religious Freedom Act (IRF Act), landmark legislation ... Read More»

CDA Elizabeth Rood’s Media Remarks at Millennium Innovations Awards (October 26)

CDA Elizabeth Rood’s Media Remarks at Millennium Innovations Awards (October 26)   Question about the event CDA Elizabeth Rood: I am very pleased to join Deputy Minister of Education Irine Abuladze, Millennium Foundation Chef Executive Magda Maghradze, representatives of the U.S Embassy, and partners from the government and private sector to launch the Sixth Annual ... Read More»

Charge d’affaires Elizabeth Rood Comment to Media at the Reception on USS Porter (October 24)

Charge d’affaires Elizabeth Rood Comment to Media at the Reception on USS Porter (October 24)   CDA Rood: It is my honor to welcome the USS Porter crew in Batumi today. We look forward to increasing relations between the United States and Georgia in matters of Black Sea security. The USS Porter’s visit is the ... Read More»

The USS Porter Visits Batumi Port (October 22)

The USS Porter Visits Batumi Port (October 22) On October 22, USS Porter (DDG 78) entered Batumi harbor. The visit serves to highlight the continued cooperation between the U.S. and Georgia to promote regional peace and stability. Commander C.M. Trent was greeted by Georgian Officials at the harbor and offered a traditional glass of Georgian ... Read More»

The USS Porter Visits Batumi Port (October 22)

The USS Porter Visits Batumi Port (October 22)   The United States Ship (USS) Porter (DDG 78) arrives in Batumi for a port visit on October 22. The visit serves to highlight the continued cooperation between the U.S. and Georgia by promoting regional peace and stability. This will be the ship’s second visit to Georgia.  ... Read More»

CDA Rood meets Women in Science camp participants (October 18)

CDA Rood meets Women in Science camp participants (October 18)  On October 18, CDA Elizabeth Rood met with participants of the Women in Science (WiSci) STEAM camp to congratulate and encourage them to follow their dreams pursuing science, technology, engineering, arts & design, and mathematics (STEAM) in their higher education and careers. WiSci Girls’ STEAM ... Read More»

Charge d’Affairs, Elizabeth Rood’s Comments to Media at USAID Elections and Political Processes Program (October 18)

Charge d’Affairs, Elizabeth Rood’s Comments to Media at USAID Elections and Political Processes Program (October 18) q-n about the new 14$ million USAID project aimed to empowered citizens for responsive politics Elections and Political Processes program Charge d’Affairs, Elizabeth Rood: Georgia is standing at a very important moment in its democratic development because the anticipated move ... Read More»

Supporting Georgian National Parks Preservation and Economic Sustainability (October 17)

Supporting Georgian National Parks Preservation and Economic Sustainability (October 17)   On October 17, the United States government, through USAID/Georgia, invested $1,600,000 in a five-year program to preserve and protect Georgia’s national parks while generating economic opportunities. The USAID National Parks and Ecotourism Program (NPE) will support Georgia’s Journey to Self-Reliance by transitioning the operation ... Read More»

Special Representative for Syria Engagement James F. Jeffrey Remarks to the Traveling Press (October 17)

Special Representative for Syria Engagement James F. Jeffrey Remarks to the Traveling Press (October 17)   MS ORTAGUS: Do you have something to say first? AMBASSADOR JEFFREY: Yeah, just the Vice President, Mike Pompeo, and National Security Advisor O’Brien came out here to carry out the President’s directive to get a ceasefire as soon as possible in ... Read More»

Secretary Pompeo’s Call with Turkish Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu (October 16)

Secretary Pompeo’s Call with Turkish Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu (October 16) The following is attributable to Spokesperson Morgan Ortagus: Secretary of State Michael R. Pompeo spoke yesterday with Turkish Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu. Secretary Pompeo reiterated U.S. opposition to Turkey’s military offensive and underscored President Trump’s call for the Turkish Government to stop its invasion ... Read More»

Pompeo on religious freedom: The world must hear the truth (October 15)

Pompeo on religious freedom: The world must hear the truth (October 15) U.S. Secretary of State Michael R. Pompeo laid out the “dire condition of religious freedom around the world” and highlighted the Trump administration’s efforts to safeguard human dignity. Around the world, “more than 80% of mankind lives in areas where religious freedom is ... Read More»

Sanctioning the Government of Turkey in Response to the Ongoing Military Offensive in Northeast Syria (October 14)

Sanctioning the Government of Turkey in Response to the Ongoing Military Offensive in Northeast Syria (October 14)   On Friday, the United States signaled its intent to take action in response to Turkey’s ongoing unilateral military offensive in northeast Syria. President Donald J. Trump has now signed an Executive Order to press Turkey to halt ... Read More»

Senior State Department Officials On the Situation in Syria (October 10)

Senior State Department Officials On the Situation in Syria (October 10)   MODERATOR:  Thanks, everybody, for joining us this afternoon.  Sorry to be a few minutes late here at the end of the day, but this is a follow-up from the backgrounder that we had with our State Department bullpen on Monday.  We’re going to ... Read More»

CDA Elizabeth Rood’s Remarks to Media at EPAG’s 5th Anniversary (October 8)

CDA Elizabeth Rood’s Remarks to Media at EPAG’s 5th Anniversary (October 8)   Q-n about the event Charge d’affairs, Elizabeth Rood: Of all the diplomatic tools the United States has for strengthening and deepening the strategic partnership between the United States and Georgia, probably the most powerful, and the most effective, is our exchange programs, ... Read More»

CDA Elizabeth Rood’s Remarks to Media at Dialogue Platform Event (October 7)

CDA Elizabeth Rood’s Remarks to Media at Dialogue Platform Event (October 7) Q-n about the event  Charge d’affairs, Elizabeth Rood: The United States Embassy is very pleased to support this dialogue on quality of life and preserving cultural heritage. We believe it is very important in a country like Georgia, where cultural heritage is so ... Read More»

The U.S. Government through USAID supports Georgia in Improving the Quality of Governance (October 2)

The U.S. Government through USAID supports Georgia in Improving the Quality of Governance (October 2) The U.S. Government, in partnership with the Government of Georgia, is working to improve the quality of governance in the country. Democracy flourishes when government agencies are transparent, accountable, and effective. The government of the United States, through USAID’s Good Governance Initiative, supports ... Read More»

A new border police station opens in Georgia through the US Defense Threat Reduction Agency funding (October 2)

A new border police station opens in Georgia through the U.S. Defense Threat Reduction Agency funding (October 2)   Border Police officers often work under difficult conditions. That is why it is especially important that their living and working infrastructure is modern and comfortable. From now on, through funding from the U.S. Government, Khriani Border ... Read More»

CDA Elizabeth Rood’s Remarks to Media at National Day of China (September 27)

CDA Elizabeth Rood’s Remarks to Media at National Day of China (September 27)   Q-n about the national day of China CDA Rood:  The United States is happy to congratulate China on its national day, and we hope that Georgia’s relations with China, as well as with many friends and partners, will contribute to regional ... Read More»

CDA Elizabeth Rood’s Remarks to Media at the Announcement of OPIC Loan to Liberty Bank (September 25)

CDA Elizabeth Rood’s Remarks to Media at the Announcement of OPIC Loan to Liberty Bank (September 25)   Q-n about the event Charge d’affairs, Elizabeth Rood:  The United States Embassy is very pleased that the United States Overseas Private Investment Corporation, or OPIC, is providing this loan of $15 million to Liberty Bank.  This will allow ... Read More»

The United States Imposes Sanctions on Chinese Companies for Transporting Iranian Oil (September 25)

The United States Imposes Sanctions on Chinese Companies for Transporting Iranian Oil (September 25)   Today, the United States is taking further action as part of our maximum economic pressure campaign against the Iranian regime and those who enable its destabilizing behavior.  We are imposing sanctions on certain Chinese firms for knowingly engaging in a ... Read More»

The U.S. Government Supports Georgian Hazelnut Producers via USAID (September 24)

The U.S. Government Supports Georgian Hazelnut Producers via USAID (September 24) In western Georgia, the hazelnut sector is represented by small farmers who face barriers to producing consistently high-quality crops, mostly due to a lack of handling services after the harvest. Unfortunately, the industry’s current drying capacity is less than ten percent of the annual ... Read More»

CDA Elizabeth Rood participates in World Clean up Day (September 22)

CDA Elizabeth Rood participates in World Clean up Day (September 22) Today, on September 22, Chargé d’Affaires Elizabeth Rood participated in World Clean Up Day 2019 Event, which took place at Krtsanisi Park, Tbilisi. Together with the volunteers, USAID representatives, staff members and officials of Wildlife Agency of the Ministry of Environmental Protection and Agriculture ... Read More»

Demonstration Alert – U.S. Embassy Tbilisi, Georgia

September 20, 2019 Location: Outside the Parliament building on Rustaveli Avenue in downtown Tbilisi Event: A demonstration is expected to take place at approximately 7:00pm today (Friday, September 20) to mark the three month anniversary since the protest activities on June 20.  Some streets may be closed.  U.S. government personnel have been advised to avoid the area ... Read More»

U.S. Sanctions Iran’s Central Bank, National Development Fund, and Etemad Tejarat Pars (September 20)

U.S. Sanctions Iran’s Central Bank, National Development Fund, and Etemad Tejarat Pars (September 20)   In a failed attempt to disrupt the global economy, the Islamic Republic of Iran attacked the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia. This act of aggression was sophisticated in its planning and brazen in its execution. Regardless of transparent attempts to shift ... Read More»

Providing Custom-Built Wheelchairs for Georgian Army Veterans (September 20)

Providing Custom-Built Wheelchairs for Georgian Army Veterans (September 20) On September 20, Georgian veteran-owned company provided custom-built wheelchairs to Georgian veterans to help them gain the mobility and independence they need to readapt and thrive in civilian life. These chairs are built by Georgian veterans who have first-hand knowledge of the needs of their fellow ... Read More»

Charge d’Affairs Elizabeth Rood Media Remarks on the sidelines of Black Sea 2nd Regional Steering Committee Meeting (September 17)

Charge d’Affairs Elizabeth Rood Media Remarks on the sidelines of the Black Sea 2nd Regional Steering Committee Meeting (September 17)   q-n about the event Charge d’Affairs Elizabeth Rood: The United States Embassy in Tbilisi is very pleased to be a sponsor of the 2nd Black Sea Regional Steering Committee of the Container Control Program of the ... Read More»

Condemning Taliban Violence (September 17)

Condemning Taliban Violence (September 17)   The United States condemns the recent Taliban attacks on the people, institutions, and infrastructure of Afghanistan. Just today, the Taliban has claimed responsibility for a terrorist attack carried out by a suicide bomber in Kabul that killed more than 20 Afghans.  They also claimed responsibility for a blast in ... Read More»

International Day of Democracy (September 15)

International Day of Democracy (September 15)   On this International Day of Democracy, we reflect on our nation’s unwavering commitment to the unalienable rights that create the foundation of our democracy.  In the United States, those rights are defined by respect for individual liberty and human dignity.  A vibrant, diverse, and independent civil society is ... Read More»

The commemoration of the 18th anniversary of the September 11th Terrorist Attacks (September 11)

The commemoration of the 18th anniversary of the September 11th Terrorist Attacks (September 11) The passage of time will never diminish the magnitude of the loss or the courage, compassion, strength, and unity displayed during one of America’s darkest hours. The horrific events of that September morning shook America, Georgia, and its friends and allies ... Read More»

Secretary Michael R. Pompeo At the Department of State‘s 9/11 Commemoration Ceremony (September 11)

Secretary Michael R. Pompeo At the Department of State‘s 9/11 Commemoration Ceremony (September 11)   SECRETARY POMPEO:  Good morning.  I’m very proud to remember this day with my State Department family.  As Abraham Lincoln once said, that the “silent artillery of time” erodes the memory of important things.  So I’m thankful you are all here ... Read More»

DTRA Contributes Equipment to National Food Agency to Support Animal Health Protection in Georgia (September 10)

DTRA Contributes Equipment to National Food Agency to Support Animal Health Protection in Georgia (September 10) Within the framework of the Defense Threat Reduction Agency (DTRA) Program, refrigerators for storing veterinary medicine have been installed in the Samegrelo-Zemo Svaneti and Guria regional departments of the National Food Agency (NFA). With the purpose of protecting animal ... Read More»

Acting Assistant Secretary Philip Reeker’s Press briefing at the Tbilisi International Conference (September 9)

Acting Assistant Secretary Philip Reeker’s Opening Remarks at the Tbilisi International Conference (September 9)   Thank you all for coming, and thank you to Georgia and the Georgian people and the government, for a very warm welcome here and particularly to the conference today. The McCain Institute is an organization I hold very close to ... Read More»

Acting Assistant Secretary Phil Reeker’s press brief at the administrative boundary line near Odzisi (September 8)

Acting Assistant Secretary Phil Reeker’s press brief at the administrative boundary line near Odzisi (September 8)   Acting Assistant Secretary Phil Reeker:  Thank you all for coming today.  It is an honor for me to be able to visit Georgia, to see the great progress this country has made.  The United States has a long ... Read More»

Acting Assistant Secretary Philip Reeker visits the Administrative Boundary Line near the village Odzisi (September 8)

Acting Assistant Secretary Philip Reeker visits the Administrative Boundary Line near the village Odzisi (September 8) Acting U.S. Assistant Secretary of State for European and Eurasian Affairs Philip Reeker expresses his concern about de facto authorities’ repeated threats to close ABL crossing points for “indefinite” periods of time following a briefing by Georgian officials while ... Read More»

Acting Assistant Secretary Reeker Travels to Germany and Georgia (September 5)

Acting Assistant Secretary Reeker Travels to Germany and Georgia (September 5)   Acting Assistant Secretary for European and Eurasian Affairs Philip T. Reeker will travel to Germany and Georgia September 6-10 to engage in several key events and meet with senior leaders. On September 6, Ambassador Reeker will stop in Munich and meet with the team ... Read More»

Kelly C. Degnan of California, to be Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary to Georgia (September 4)

Kelly C. Degnan of California, to be Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary to Georgia (September 4) Ms. Degnan, a career member of the Senior Foreign Service, class of Minister-Counselor, currently serves as the Political Advisor to the Commander of United States Naval Forces Europe – the United States Naval Forces Africa. Previously, she was Deputy Chief ... Read More»

President Donald J. Trump Announces Intent to Nominate Individuals to Key Administration Posts (September 3)

President Donald J. Trump Announces Intent to Nominate Individuals to Key Administration Posts (September 3)   Today, President Donald J. Trump announced his intent to nominate the following individuals to key positions in his Administration: Peter M. Haymond of Virginia, to be Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary to the Lao People’s Democratic Republic.  Mr. Haymond is ... Read More»

New Sanctions Designations on Iran’s Space Program (September 3)

New Sanctions Designations on Iran’s Space Program (September 3)   Today, the Department of State designated the Iran Space Agency and two of its research institutes under Executive Order (E.O.) 13382, which targets proliferators of weapons of mass destruction (WMD) and WMD delivery systems and their supporters – the first time the United States is publicly ... Read More»

Military Buildup in the Russian-occupied Georgian Region of South Ossetia (August 30)

Military Buildup in the Russian-occupied Georgian region of South Ossetia (August 30) The United States is monitoring reports of military buildup near the administrative boundary line (ABL) of the Russian-occupied Georgian region of South Ossetia.  We call on all sides to avoid escalation and work through the European Monitoring Mission hotline and the Geneva International ... Read More»

Security Alert – U.S. Embassy Tbilisi, Georgia

Location: Near the Administrative Boundary Line with Russian-occupied South Ossetia Event: In light of current events, we remind U.S. citizens to avoid traveling near the administrative boundary line (ABL) that divides South Ossetia from Tbilisi-administered territory.  U.S. Embassy personnel are restricted from traveling in the vicinity of the ABLs of the Russian-occupied regions of both ... Read More»

Statement by the U.S. House of Representatives Committee on Foreign Affairs (August 30)

Statement by the U.S. House of Representatives Committee on Foreign Affairs (August 30) “Russia’s further militarization of South Ossetia is outrageous & unacceptable. Putin and his government continue to recklessly disregard the sovereignty of other nations. Russia must immediately cease its destructive behavior and respect Georgian sovereignty.” Read More»

This Week in Iran Policy (August 26-30)

This Week in Iran Policy (August 26-30)   DESIGNATION OF INDIVIDUALS AND ENTITIES LINKED TO IRANIAN PROCUREMENT NETWORKS UNDER E.O. 13382 “Today, the U.S. sanctioned entities responsible for moving over $1 million worth of proliferation-sensitive electronic parts and aluminum alloys for the Iranian regime. U.S. pressure will continue until the regime changes course.” – Secretary ... Read More»

Joint statement on so-called “presidential elections” in Abkhazia (August 26)

Joint statement on so-called “presidential elections” in Abkhazia (August 26) Bulgaria, the Czech Republic, Canada, Estonia, Finland, Ireland, Latvia, Lithuania, Norway, Poland, Romania, Sweden, Ukraine, United Kingdom and the United States of America do not recognize the legitimacy of the so-called ‘presidential elections’ held in Georgia’s Abkhazia region by the de facto authorities in Sokhumi ... Read More»

The Department of State’s Statement on “borderization” in Georgia (August 21)

The Department of State’s Spokesperson Morgan Ortagus at the Department’s Press Briefing on August 21 commented about “borderization” in Georgia (August 21) On to Georgia. The United States is troubled by reports that Russian-backed de facto authorities have resumed the installation of fencing on Georgian territory near the administrative boundary line of the Russian-occupied Georgian region ... Read More»

World Humanitarian Day (August 19)

World Humanitarian Day (August 19) Michael R. Pompeo SECRETARY OF STATE Today, on World Humanitarian Day, we recognize the tireless efforts of humanitarian workers, who every day risk their personal safety on behalf of people whose lives are disrupted when crises hit. We applaud the commitment of humanitarian aid workers who persist despite the dangers, ... Read More»

Construction of a new Rehabilitation Center in Tserovani (August 18)

Construction of a new Rehabilitation Center in Tserovani (August 18)   “A new Rehabilitation Center is being constructed in Tserovani for our hero soldiers who were wounded while fighting to protect the territorial integrity of Georgia and during international military operations. This will be the only center in our region complying with the highest standards ... Read More»

CDA Elizabeth Rood’s Remarks to Media (August 16)

CDA Elizabeth Rood’s Remarks to Media (August 16)   q-n about recent events in Gugutiantkari Charge d’Affairs, Elizabeth Rood: The United States government is deeply troubled by the news that the Russian backed authorities in South Ossetia have resumed building fencing at the village of Gugutiantkari. This is a very negative development, it harms security in ... Read More»

U.S. Embassy statement on borderization in the village of Gugutiantkari (August 15)

U.S. Embassy statement on borderization in the village of Gugutiantkari (August 15)   The U.S. Embassy is troubled by reports that Russian-backed de-facto authorities have resumed the installation of fencing at the village of Gugutiantkari, near the Administrative Boundary Line of the Russian-occupied Georgian territory of South Ossetia. The process of “borderization” is a threat ... Read More»

Iranian Vessel Grace I (August 15)

Iranian Vessel Grace I (August 15)   The United States assesses that the M/T Grace I was assisting the Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC) by transporting oil from Iran to Syria. This could result in serious consequences for any individuals associated with the Grace I. The IRGC has been designated a Foreign Terrorist Organization (FTO) by ... Read More»

The new Chairman of the Ministry of Justice Public Service Development Agency (August 14)

The new Chairman of the Ministry of Justice Public Service Development Agency (August 14)   Zurab Sanikidze,  U.S. Embassy’s  IVLP program participant and a graduate of the Harvard Kennedy School of Governance, was appointed as a Chairman of the Ministry of Justice Public Service Development Agency. Congratulations to one of our distinguished alumni on this ... Read More»

11th Anniversary of Russia’s Invasion of Georgia (August 8)

11th Anniversary of Russia’s Invasion of Georgia (August 8) It has been eleven years since Russia’s military invasion of Georgia, when hundreds were killed or injured and over 190,000 civilians were displaced.   For many, the impact of the conflict continues: livelihoods remain destroyed, families remain separated, freedom of movement has not been restored, and property has not ... Read More»

CDA Elisabeth Rood visits Tserovani (August 7)

CDA Elisabeth Rood visits Tserovani (August 7) “In the 11 years since the Russian invasion of Georgia, each of these houses has come to tell a story of loss – the loss of families, friends, homes, and loved ones. But they also tell stories of courage, friendship, and the resilience of people and the country ... Read More»

Imposition of a Second Round of Sanctions on Russia under the Chemical and Biological Weapons Control and Warfare Elimination Act (August 2)

Imposition of a Second Round of Sanctions on Russia under the Chemical and Biological Weapons Control and Warfare Elimination Act (August 2)   Today, pursuant to the Chemical and Biological Weapons Control and Warfare Elimination Act of 1991 (CBW Act), the United States is announcing a second round of sanctions on Russia for its use ... Read More»

WRAIR Externship Graduation Ceremony (July 31)

WRAIR Externship Graduation Ceremony On July 31, Walter Reed Army Institute of Research hosted a graduation ceremony for externs who concluded the three-week program. Both Ana Kuchuashvili and Ani Rukhadze are San Diego State University – Georgia students who were selected from a highly competitive pool of STSU/TSU applicants. The students were instructed on the ... Read More»

Police Academy Hosts Training on Weapons of Mass Destruction Crime Scene Investigation (July 28)

Police Academy Hosts Training on Weapons of Mass Destruction Crime Scene Investigation The U.S. Defense Threat Reduction Agency’s (DTRA) International Counter Proliferation Program (ICP) organized a training course on Weapons of Mass Destruction (WMD) Crime Scene Operations (CSO) at the Police Academy of the Ministry of Internal Affairs of Georgia.  The course enhanced Georgian government ... Read More»

The U.S. Embassy Statement on Criminal Charges Against TBC Bank Co-founders Mamuka Khazaradze and Badri Japaridze (July 25)

The U.S. Embassy Statement on Criminal Charges Against TBC Bank Co-founders Mamuka Khazaradze and Badri Japaridze We are closely following developments related to the criminal charges the Georgian Prosecutor General’s Office has filed against TBC Bank co-founders Mamuka Khazaradze and Badri Japaridze. We are concerned about the context and timing of these charges. An impartial ... Read More»

Designation of Persons Linked to Iranian Weapons of Mass Destruction Procurement Network (July 18)

Designation of Persons Linked to Iranian Weapons of Mass Destruction Procurement Network (July 18) Michael R. Pompeo SECRETARY OF STATE Today, the United States designated 12 entities and individuals based in Iran, Belgium, and China that are linked to the nuclear proliferation-sensitive activities of the Iran Centrifuge Technology Company – known by its Persian acronym, ... Read More»

Elizabeth Rood’s Comments to Media at GDRP Live-fire (July 16)

Elizabeth Rood’s Comments to Media at GDRP Live–fire (July 16)   Q-n about the event Charge d’Affairs, Elizabeth Rood:  One of the most important parts of the U.S. – Georgia partnership in the military and security sphere is the Georgia Defense Readiness Program and this year’s training is taking place within this program.  In the ... Read More»

CDA Elizabeth Rood’s Remarks to Media at Georgia’s European Way Conference (July 12)

CDA Elizabeth Rood’s Remarks to Media at Georgia’s European Way Conference  Q-n about the event Charge d’Affairs, Elizabeth Rood: I congratulate Georgia on hosting the 16th conference on Georgia’s European Way.  This conference also coincides with the 10th anniversary of Georgia’s participation in the Eastern Partnership with the European Union.  It is a good time ... Read More»

CDA Elizabeth Rood’s Remarks to Media on the sidelines of the 16th annual conference on Georgia’s European Way in Batumi (July 11)

CDA Elizabeth Rood’s Remarks to Media on the sidelines of the 16th annual conference on Georgia’s European Way in Batumi (July 11) q-n about the conference and the importance of diversifying markets for Georgia in the  light of recent events Charge d’Affairs, Elizabeth Rood:  Well, we congratulate Georgia on convening this 16th annual conference on Georgia’s ... Read More»

CDA Elizabeth Rood’s Remarks to Media at Family Picnic Celebrating Independence Day Jointly with the American Chamber of Commerce (July 6)

CDA Elizabeth Rood’s Remarks to Media at Family Picnic Celebrating Independence Day Jointly with the American Chamber of Commerce (July 6)   Q-n about the celebration of the grounds of the U.S. Embassy Charge d’Affairs, Elizabeth Rood: We are very happy today to be celebrating the 243rd anniversary of the United States of America with ... Read More»

Elizabeth Rood’s Comments to Media at Peace Corps G-19 Swearing-In Ceremony (July 5)

Elizabeth Rood’s Comments to Media at Peace Corps G-19 Swearing-In Ceremony (July 5)   Q-n about the event Charge d’Affairs, Elizabeth Rood:  I am very pleased that these 41 new volunteers of the Peace Corps will start their duty all around Georgia.  Since 2001, more than 900 Peace Corps Volunteers have served in Georgia.  The ... Read More»

CDA Elizabeth Rood’s Remarks to Media at Independence Day Celebration Organized by American Friendship Club (July 4)

CDA Elizabeth Rood’s Remarks to Media at Independence Day Celebration Organized by American Friendship Club (July 4)   Q-n about the event Charge d’Affairs, Elizabeth Rood: it is a great pleasure to join with Friends of the United States’ in Georgia to celebrate the 243rd anniversary of America’s independence. July 4th is a very important ... Read More»

Charge d’affaires Elizabeth Rood’s Remarks to Media at the 4th of July Reception (July 3)

Charge d’affaires Elizabeth Rood’s Remarks to Media at the 4th of July Reception   Q-n: about the 4th of July Reception Charge d’affaires Elizabeth Rood: It is a great pleasure to celebrate tonight the 243rd anniversary of the independence of the United States of America, and it is a special honor and pleasure to celebrate ... Read More»

Exercise Sea Breeze 2019 Kicks Off in Ukraine (July 1)

Exercise Sea Breeze 2019 Kicks Off in Ukraine (July 1) ODESA, Ukraine — Exercise Sea Breeze 2019 kicked off following opening ceremonies in Odesa, Ukraine, July 1. Sea Breeze, now in its 19th iteration, will run through July 12 and is designed to enhance interoperability among participating nations and strengthen regional security by focusing on ... Read More»

Maduro Dictatorship Tortures Opponent to Death (June 30)

Maduro Dictatorship Tortures Opponent to Death (June 30) U.S. Department of State Office of the Spokesperson Statement by Morgan Ortagus, Spokesperson June 30, 2019 The United States condemns the killing and torture of Capitan de Corbeta Rafael Acosta Arévalo, a Venezuelan Naval Officer, who died while in the custody of Maduro’s thugs and their Cuban ... Read More»

International Youth Soccer Players Celebrate the FIFA Women’s World Cup During Sports Diplomacy Exchange Program in the United States (June 28)

International Youth Soccer Players Celebrate the FIFA Women’s World Cup During Sports Diplomacy Exchange Program in the United States (June 28)   Approximately 75 youth female soccer players and their coaches from 13 countries will travel to New Jersey from June 29 – July 13, 2019, as part of a Bureau of Educational and Cultural ... Read More»

Ongoing Demonstration Activities in Downtown Tbilisi

Date/Location: Daily demonstrations around 7:00pm in front of the Parliament Building and along Rustaveli Avenue may continue in the foreseeable future. Event: The overall level of tension surrounding the protest events of the past week has decreased, but regular and/or sporadic demonstrations may continue. Be prepared for the possibility of road closures, a large police ... Read More»

Executive Order to Impose Sanctions on the Office of the Supreme Leader of Iran (June 24)

Executive Order to Impose Sanctions on the Office of the Supreme Leader of Iran (June 24)   Today, the White House issued an Executive Order sanctioning the Supreme Leaders Office and authorizing further sanctions on those associated with it. This action was taken as part of the Administrations maximum pressure campaign against the Iranian regime, ... Read More»

Joint Statement on Tbilisi Pride decision to postpone “March of Dignity” (June 22)

Joint Statement on Tbilisi Pride decision to postpone “March of Dignity” (June 22)   We welcome the decision by the organizers of Tbilisi Pride to postpone the “March of Dignity” planned for 22 June 2019. Participation in peaceful demonstrations of this sort is an expression of every person’s fundamental human right to freedom of expression ... Read More»

Statement on Iranian Disinformation (June 22)

Statement on Iranian Disinformation (June 22)   Iran’s leaders know the truth is a dangerous thing. It is important to correct the record. First, President Trump did not pass a message through Oman calling for talks with Iran. We have made our position abundantly clear. We are willing to engage when the time is right. ... Read More»

Former DCM Nicolas Berliner’s Remarks to Media at MCC Closing Gala (June 21)

Former DCM Nicolas Berliner’s Remarks to Media at MCC Closing Gala (June 21)   Q-n: how would you assess yesterday’s events? Nicolas Berliner: We were obviously very concerned seeing those events.  I think, first of all, it’s important to know that violence is unacceptable, and then second that there needs to be dialogue here in ... Read More»

Demonstration Alert – U. S. Embassy Tbilisi, Georgia

Date/Location: Friday, June 21 through Sunday, June 23: Possible protest activities in downtown Tbilisi, especially along Rustaveli Avenue in the vicinity of Parliament. Possible targeting of Americans at venues throughout the city known to attract American and European patrons. Event: Following the violent escalation of last night’s demonstrations in downtown Tbilisi, including use of tear ... Read More»

Demonstration Alert – U. S. Embassy Tbilisi, Georgia

  Date/Location: Saturday, June 22: A parade and/or public event in downtown Tbilisi, exact location still to be confirmed. Event: Members and supporters of the LGBTQI community plan to hold a parade and/or public event to mark Pride Week on Saturday, June 22. We anticipate the event could draw sizable crowds. This is the first ... Read More»

CDA Elizabeth Rood at Diplomat Discussion Series (June 15)

CDA Elizabeth Rood at Diplomat Discussion Series (June 15) Q-n about the event Charge d’Affairs, Elizabeth Rood: I am very pleased to meet the open media group today and colleagues from my embassy, and from the Georgian parliament, in this discussion for students and young professionals. We plan to discuss our partnership, our cooperation in the areas of economy, ... Read More»

Statement on the Fourth Wave of Judicial Reform (June 13)

Statement on the Fourth Wave of Judicial Reform (June 13) The U.S. Embassy and the Delegation of the European Union to Georgia welcome the final draft legislation on the “fourth wave” of judicial reforms as a result of a broad consensus achieved in the working group composed of different actors, including the international community, civil ... Read More»

Statements to the Press With Georgian Prime Minister Mamuka Bakhtadze As Part of the U.S.-Georgia Strategic Partnership Commission (June 11)

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Protecting Venezuela’s Assets for Benefit of Venezuelan People (January 29) Robert Palladino  Deputy Spokesperson Washington, DC January 29, 2019 On January 25, Secretary of State Michael R. Pompeo certified the authority of Venezuela’s interim President Juan Guaido to receive and control certain property in accounts of the Government of Venezuela or Central Bank of Venezuela held ... Read More»

Sanctions Against PDVSA and Venezuela Oil Sector (January 28)

Sanctions Against PDVSA and Venezuela Oil Sector (January 28) Michael R. Pompeo Secretary of State Washington, DC January 28, 2019 Today, the United States has taken necessary actions to prevent the illegitimate former Maduro regime from further plundering Venezuela’s assets and natural resources. The United States has determined that persons operating in Venezuela’s oil sector ... Read More»

Remarks at a United Nations Security Council Meeting on Venezuela (January 26)

Remarks at a United Nations Security Council Meeting on Venezuela (January 26)   Michael R. Pompeo Secretary of State United Nations New York City January 26, 2019 Good morning. On behalf of President Trump and the American people I first want to thank Foreign Minister Miguel Vargas of the Dominican Republic, the current president of ... Read More»

Response to Project Coordinator in Ukraine, Ambassador Henrik Villadsen (January 24)

Response to Project Coordinator in Ukraine, Ambassador Henrik Villadsen (January 24)   As delivered by Chargé d’Affaires Gregory Macris to the Permanent Council, Vienna January 24, 2019 Thank you, Mr. Chair Ambassador Villadsen, the United States welcomes you to the Permanent Council and thanks you for this detailed briefing on the work of the Project ... Read More»

Ongoing Violations of International Law and Defiance of OSCE Principles and Commitments by the Russian Federation in Ukraine (January 24)

Ongoing Violations of International Law and Defiance of OSCE Principles and Commitments by the Russian Federation in Ukraine (January 24) As delivered by Chargé d’Affaires, a.i. Gregory Macris to the Permanent Council, Vienna January 24, 2019 Thank you, Mr. Chair. As we discuss Russia’s manufactured conflict in eastern Ukraine, we are forced once more to ... Read More»

CDA Ambassador Wilson’s comments to media during the USS Donald Cook visit (January 22)

Q-n about USS Donald Cook visit Ambassador Wilson:  Let me say, first of all, I am delighted to be on my first ever visit to Batumi.  Unfortunately, it is not a beautiful day but hopefully will be tomorrow and I am very happy to be here.  Second, it is a pleasure to welcome to Batumi, ... Read More»

Ambassador Wilson visits USS Donald Cook in Batumi (January 22)

  Ambassador Wilson visits USS Donald Cook in Batumi (January 22) Ambassador Wilson, along with Minister of Defense Izoria, visits the USS Donald Cook in Batumi. The Ambassador underscored the importance of the visit, and of the strong friendship between the United States and Georgia. Read More»

The USS Donald Cook Visits Batumi Port (January 21)

The USS Donald Cook Visits Batumi Port (January 21) The United States Ship (USS) Donald Cook (DDG 75) arrived in Batumi for a port visit on January 21 as part of a regularly scheduled deployment.  Donald Cook is an Arleigh Burke-class guided missile destroyer commissioned in 1998.   This will be the ship’s second visit to ... Read More»

Declaration of Ukrainian Autocephaly (January 10)

Declaration of Ukrainian Autocephaly (January 10) Michael R. Pompeo Secretary of State Washington, DC January 10, 2019 The January 6th announcement of autocephaly for an independent Orthodox Church of Ukraine marks a historic achievement as Ukraine seeks to chart its own future. On this momentous occasion, the United States reiterates its unwavering support for a ... Read More»

U.S. EUCOM road grader donation to Dmanisi municipality (December 19)

U.S. EUCOM road grader donation to Dmanisi municipality (December 19)   Today, the US European Command Office of Defense Cooperation (ODC) has donated a road grader to Dmanisi municipality. The donation ceremony took place in Dmanisi where the Bilateral Affairs Officer Major Quintin T. Doll, Mayor of Dmanisi municipality Mr. Giorgi Tatuashvili, and Representative from ... Read More»

Sanctions Announcement on Russia (December 19)

Sanctions Announcement on Russia (December 19) Office of the Spokesperson Washington, DC December 19, 2018 Today, the Departments of State and the Treasury took joint action against Russia’s continued and blatant disregard for international norms. Specifically, the State Department added 12 individuals and entities to the List of Specified Persons (LSP) pursuant to Section 231 ... Read More»

CDA Ambassador Ross Wilson’s comments to media on the sidelines of the WRAIR 125th Anniversary Celebration (December 17)

CDA Ambassador Ross Wilson’s comments to media on the sidelines of the Walter Reed Army Institute of Research’s (WRAIR) 125th Anniversary Celebration  (December 17) Ambassador Ross Wilson, Chargé d’Affaires, a.i:  I am very pleased to be able to take part in this ceremony to commemorate the 125th the anniversary of the Walter Reed Army Medical Institute, which is an important part of America’s commitment to this country and to healthcare ... Read More»

Ambassador Ross Wilson, CDA, Comment on Inauguration Ceremony (December 16)

Ambassador Ross Wilson, CDA, Comment on Inauguration Ceremony (December 16)   Q-n about the inauguration, the confrontation between the opposition and law enforcement representatives, pressure on the police from the opposition, and about the developments in general Ambassador Ross Wilson, CDA:  The United Stars was proud and pleased to take part in the inauguration ceremony.  We were represented by ... Read More»

U.S. Embassy and Department of Justice support Georgia’s Annual National Crime Victims’ Rights Week (December 10 – 17)

U.S. Embassy and Department of Justice support Georgia’s Annual National Crime Victims’ Rights Week (December 10 – 17) The U.S. Embassy and Department of Justice continue to partner and provide assistance to the Prosecution Service of Georgia in organizing and conducting Georgia’s Annual National Crime Victims’ Rights Week which was first launched in November 2017. This year Crime Victim Rights ... Read More»

INL of the United States Embassy in Tbilisi continues assisting the Ministry of Internal Affairs of Georgia Patrol Police Department (December 10 -14)

The International Narcotics and Law Enforcement Section (INL) of the United States Embassy in Tbilisi continues assisting the Ministry of Internal Affairs of Georgia Patrol Police Department (December 10 -14) The International Narcotics and Law Enforcement Section (INL) of the United States Embassy in Tbilisi continues assisting the Ministry of Internal Affairs of Georgia Patrol Police ... Read More»

Remarks at the United Nations Security Council Meeting on Iran (December 12)

Remarks at the United Nations Security Council Meeting on Iran (December 12) Michael R. Pompeo  Secretary of State United Nations New York City December 12, 2018 SECRETARY POMPEO: Thank you very much, and good morning. Thank you for the kind words. I appreciate them.Just two days ago, the head of the IRGC’s airspace division, Amir Hajizadeh, ... Read More»

On the Attack in Strasbourg (December 12)

On the Attack in Strasbourg (December 12)   Robert Palladino Deputy Spokesperson Washington, DC December 12, 2018 The United States stands in solidarity with France and condemns in the strongest terms the horrific act of terror in Strasbourg. Our thoughts are with the family and loved ones of those affected and with all the people of ... Read More»

Security Awareness During the Holiday Season U.S. Embassy Tbilisi, Georgia

Location:  Georgia, countrywide Event:  During the holiday season, we remind U.S. citizens that there are ongoing threats posed by transnational terrorist organizations and individuals inspired by extremist ideology throughout Europe, including in Georgia.  Extremists continue to focus on tourist locations such as Christmas holiday markets, shopping malls, airports, clubs, restaurants, places of worship, transportation hubs, ... Read More»

Ambassador Ross Wilson, Chargé d’Affaires, a.i. Remarks at Interagency, Command-Staff Exercise “DIDGORI 2018” (December 10)

Ambassador Ross Wilson, Chargé d’Affaires, a.i. Remarks at Interagency, Command-Staff Exercise “DIDGORI 2018” (December 10) Comment to Media: Ambassador Ross Wilson, Chargé d’Affaires, a.i., on the sidelines of DIDGORI 2018 Exercise Opening Ceremony:  It is a pleasure and an honor to represent the United States of America here at Didgori 2018 – a very important exercise ... Read More»

Human Rights Day (December 10)

Human Rights Day (December 10) Michael R. Pompeo  Secretary of State Washington, DC December 10, 2018 Seventy years ago, the UN General Assembly adopted the Universal Declaration of Human Rights. Emerging from a world war that shocked humanity with its cruelty, the sovereign nations of the world united to specify those rights that are inherent ... Read More»

Launching Ceremony at the San Diego State University-Georgia Career Development Center (December 7)

Launching Ceremony at the San Diego State University-Georgia Career Development Center (December 7) On December 7, Chargé Wilson spoke at a ceremony launching the San Diego State University-Georgia Career Development Center.  He also announced the awarding of several new academic scholarships supported by the U.S. Embassy.  In his comments, the Chargé acknowledged the importance of ... Read More»

US European Command’s Overseas Humanitarian Disaster Assistance and Civic Aid Project Development Workshop (December 3-7)

US European Command’s (USEUCOM) Overseas Humanitarian Disaster Assistance and Civic Aid (OHDACA) Project Development Workshop Conducted in Batumi, Adjara Autonomous Republic (December 3-7)   The Tbilisi Office of Defense Cooperation (ODC) hosted US European Command’s (USEUCOM) Overseas Humanitarian Disaster Assistance and Civic Aid (OHDACA) Project Development Workshop in Batumi, Adjara Autonomous Republic December 3-7, 2018.  ... Read More»

International Anticorruption Day (December 7)

International Anticorruption Day (December 7) Michael R. Pompeo  Secretary of State Washington, DC December 7, 2018 Corruption facilitates transnational crime, fuels terrorism, obstructs economic growth and development, weakens the rule of law, and undermines democracy. Ultimately, it endangers our national security. That is why, as we look ahead to International Anticorruption Day on December 9, ... Read More»

A Keynote Speech by U.S. Secretary of State Michael R. Pompeo at German Marshall Fund (December 5)

(function(d, s, id) { var js, fjs = d.getElementsByTagName(s)[0]; if (d.getElementById(id)) return; js = d.createElement(s); js.id = id; js.src = 'https://connect.facebook.net/en_US/sdk.js#xfbml=1&version=v3.2'; fjs.parentNode.insertBefore(js, fjs);}(document, 'script', 'facebook-jssdk')); A Keynote Speech by U.S. Secretary of State Michael R. Pompeo Posted by The German Marshall Fund of the United States on Wednesday, December 5, 2018 Secretary of State Michael R. Pompeo German Marshall Fund Brussels, Belgium December 4, 2018 SECRETARY POMPEO: Thank you, Ian, for the kind introduction. ... Read More»

Secretary Pompeo, Press Availability at NATO Headquarters (December 4)

Secretary Pompeo, Press Availability at NATO Headquarters (December 4) SECRETARY POMPEO: Good evening, everyone. I want to begin this evening by expressing my condolences to the Bush family on the passing of a great man, President George H. W. Bush. He embodied literally the best of America in his devotion to public service and his ardent ... Read More»

U.S. Embassy Statement on passing of former President George H.W. Bush (December 1)

U.S. Embassy Statement on passing of former President George H.W. Bush (December 1)   Embassy Tbilisi regrets to announce ‎the passing of former President George H.W. Bush, at the age of 94. President Bush had a distinguished career of public service, beginning as a pilot in the U.S. Navy during WWII, and continuing as a ... Read More»

Presidential Proclamation Announcing the Death of George H.W. Bush (December 1)

Presidential Proclamation Announcing the Death of George H.W. Bush (December 1)   It is my sorrowful duty to announce officially the death of George Herbert Walker Bush, the forty-first President of the United States, on November 30, 2018. President Bush led a great American life, one that combined and personified two of our Nation’s greatest ... Read More»

Iran Test Launches Ballistic Missile Violating UN Security Council Ban (December 1)

Iran Test Launches Ballistic Missile Violating UN Security Council Ban (December 1) Michael R. Pompeo Secretary of State Washington, DC December 1, 2018 The Iranian regime has just test-fired a medium-range ballistic missile that is capable of carrying multiple warheads. The missile has a range that allows it to strike parts of Europe and anywhere ... Read More»